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J Infect Dis. 1977 Dec;136(6):810-2.

Neisseria meningitidis in the anal canal of homosexual men.


Cultures were obtained from the oropharynx, urethra, and anal canal of 157 homosexual men. Neisseria gonorrhoeae was identified in 30 men (19.1%), Neisseria meningitidis in 32 men (20.4%), and Neisseria lactamicus and Branhamella catarrhalis in one man each. N. gonorrhoeae was isolated from the anal canal of three men (1.9%), and N. meninititidis was identified in the anal canal of seven men (4.5%). These findings suggest that confirmatory tests are indicated for homosexual males with rectal isolates presumptively identified as N. gonorrhoeae.

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