Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e31827c9e42
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Asymptomatic Urethritis Is Common and Is Associated With Characteristics That Suggest Sexually Transmitted Etiology

Gillespie, Catherine W. PhD*†; Manhart, Lisa E. PhD†‡; Lowens, M. Sylvan PA-C§¶; Golden, Matthew R. MD†§¶

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Abstract: We evaluated 236 asymptomatic men for urethritis, assessed sexual behaviors, and tested urine for pathogens. Asymptomatic urethritis was present in 38 (16.1%). Of these, nearly half (42.1%) had a previously unrecognized discharge on examination; only 18.4% had a known pathogen. Correlates included black race, anal intercourse, and number of sex partners.

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