Objectives: The clinical significance of Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) infection in adolescent women is poorly understood. We compared the prevalence of MG with that of other sexually transmitted organisms such as Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG), and Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) and assessed the associations of MG with sexual behaviors, genitourinary symptoms, physical and laboratory findings.
Study Design: Women aged 14 to 21 years (n = 331) were recruited from an urban medical center. The subjects’ sexual behaviors, genitourinary symptoms, and physical findings were recorded. Endocervical swabs were collected for CT and NG testing and vaginal swabs for wet mount, Gram stain, TV and MG testing. MG infection was identified by nucleic acid amplification using a transcription-mediated amplification assay.
Results: MG was detected in 74 (22.4%), CT in 79 (24.4%), TV in 60 (18.2%), and NG in 35 (10.7%) subjects. MG infection was not associated with vaginal symptoms, physical evidence of cervicitis, or findings on wet mount or Gram stain. In logistic regression, variables positively associated with MG were current CT [odds ratio (OR), 2.3; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.4–4.4] and recent sexual contact (≤7 days) (OR, 2.0; CI, 1.1–3.2). Dysuria (OR, 0.44; CI, 0.2–0.96) and use of hormonal contraception (OR, 0.55; CI, 0.3–1.0) were negatively associated with MG infection.
Conclusion: In adolescent women, MG infection was as common as chlamydial infection and trichomoniasis and more common than gonorrhea. MG was associated with CT and recent sexual contact but not with vaginal symptoms or signs of cervicitis.