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Urinary Meatal Swabbing Detects More Men Infected With Mycoplasma genitalium and Four Other Sexually Transmitted Infections Than First Catch Urine

Chernesky, Max PhD*; Jang, Dan BSc*; Smieja, Marek MD, PhD*; Arias, Manuel BSc*; Martin, Irene BSc; Weinbaum, Barbara MSc; Getman, Damon PhD

doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000618

Urinary meatal swabs compared with urine showed higher infection rates for Mycoplasma genitalium (15.3% vs 12.6%, P = 0.035), Chlamydia trachomatis (11.3% vs 9.3%, P = 0.039), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (1.4% vs 1.1%, P = 1.00), Trichomonas vaginalis (8.0% vs 1.7%, P < 0.001), and high-risk human papillomavirus (5.9% vs 3.4%, P = 0.078) respectively.

Urinary meatal swabs compared with first catch urine detected more men infected with Mycoplasma genitalium, Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Trichomonas vaginalis and high-risk human papilloma virus.

From the *St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton/McMaster University, Hamilton; †National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg, MB, Canada and ‡Hologic Inc. San Diego, CA

Conflict of Interest and Sources of Funding: This study was funded by a research grant from Hologic Inc. M. Chernesky received travel support from Hologic Inc to present data related to this study. B. Weinbaum and D. Getman are scientists at Hologic Inc.

Correspondence: Max Chernesky, PhD, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, 50 Charlton Ave E Hamilton, ON, Canada L8N4A6. E-mail:

Received for publication December 22, 2016, and accepted February 27, 2017.

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