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J Clin Microbiol. 2011 Dec;49(12):4304-6. doi: 10.1128/JCM.05341-11. Epub 2011 Sep 28.

Differing Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterial loads in the pharynx and rectum in men who have sex with men: implications for gonococcal detection, transmission, and control.

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Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, 580 Swanston Street, Carlton, Victoria, Australia 3053.

Abstract

The bacterial loads for gonococcal infections of the pharynx and rectum were determined among men with male sexual partners. The median bacterial load for rectal infections (18,960 copies/swab) was significantly higher than the load for pharyngeal infections (2,100 copies/swab; P = 0.001). Bacterial loads among men with symptomatic proctitis were strikingly high (median, 278,000 copies/swab).

PMID:
21956992
PMCID:
PMC3232985
DOI:
10.1128/JCM.05341-11
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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