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Volume 25, Number 4—April 2019

Symptoms, Sites, and Significance of Mycoplasma genitalium in Men Who Have Sex with Men

Tim R.H. Read, Gerald L. Murray, Jennifer A. Danielewski, Christopher K. Fairley, Michelle Doyle, Karen Worthington, Jenny Su, Elisa Mokany, L.T. Tan, David Lee, Lenka A. Vodstrcil, Eric P.F. Chow, Suzanne M. Garland, Marcus Y. Chen, and Catriona S. BradshawComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Carlton, Victoria, Australia (T.R.H. Read, C.K. Fairley, M. Doyle, K. Worthington, D. Lee, L.A. Vodstrcil, E.P.F. Chow, M.Y. Chen, C.S. Bradshaw); Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (T.R.H. Read, C.K. Fairley, L.A. Vodstrcil, E.P.F. Chow, M.Y. Chen, C.S. Bradshaw); Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Melbourne (G.L. Murray); Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria, Australia (G.L. Murray, J.A. Danielewski, J. Su, S.M. Garland); Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne (G.L. Murray, J.A. Danielewski, S.M. Garland); Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne (G.L. Murray, S.M. Garland); SpeeDx Pty Ltd, Eveleigh, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (E. Mokany, L.T. Tan); University of Melbourne, Melbourne (S.M. Garland)

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Table 6

Mycoplasma genitalium detection in men who have sex with men co-infected with Chlamydia trachomatis or Neisseria gonorrhoeae and are asymptomatic or have symptoms of NGU, Australia*

Rectal M. genitalium
Odds ratio (95% CI)
p value
Not detected, no. (%)
Detected, no. (%)
Asymptomatic, n = 1,001
Rectal C. trachomatis
Not detected 818 (91.6) 59 (90.8)
Detected 75 (8.4) 6 (9.2) 1.10 (0.46–2.65) 0.82
Rectal N. gonorrhoeae
Not detected 842 (93.8) 61 (93.9)
Detected 56 (6.2)
4 (6.1)
0.96 (0.35–2.81) 0.98
Urine M. genitalium
Urine C. trachomatis
Not detected 917 (98.5) 25 (92.6)
Detected 14 (1.5) 2 (7.4) 5.24 (1.13–24.29) 0.03
Urine N. gonorrhoeae
Not detected 926 (99.5) 25 (92.6)
5 (0.5)
2 (7.4)
14.82 (2.74–80.07)
Men with NGU symptoms,† n = 1,001* Urine M. genitalium
Urine C. trachomatis
Not detected 777 (84.5) 79 (97.5)
Detected 143 (15.5) 2 (2.5) 0.14 (0.03–0.57) 0.001

*Although there are 1,001 men in each dataset, these 2 groups are the same size only by coincidence. NGU, nongonococcal urethritis.
†All men in this group received a clinical diagnosis of urethritis.

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