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Sex Transm Dis. 2010 Aug;37(8):522-4. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3181d73cc7.

Sampling technique and detection rates for pharyngeal gonorrhea using culture.

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  • 1Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Australia.


In a study of 6721 pharyngeal gonorrhoea culture results taken by 43 clinicians, there was a significant difference in the detection rate by individual clinician (0%-10%, median: 1.3%, P = 0.05). The detection rate was associated with the frequency with which clinicians reported inducing a gag reflex when taking pharyngeal swabs (P < 0.05).

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