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Asymptomatic Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Infections Detected by Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests Among Boston Area Men Who Have Sex With Men

May 23, 2008

The current project sought to determine the prevalence of asymptomatic STDs among Boston area men who have sex with men (MSM) who reported oral or anal sex with another male in the past year.

During March 2007, 114 asymptomatic MSM receiving care at a Boston community health center were screened for gonorrhea and chlamydia using the BD ProbeTec technique. De-identified medical records were analyzed and linked to prevalence monitoring results.

Among participants, 11 percent tested positive for one of the two STDs from at least one mucosal site. Men with an STD were considerably more likely to have a prior history of STD (one or more infections) when compared to those without an STD history (OR=3.69; P"Screening asymptomatic MSM using nucleic amplification tests (NAATs) revealed a substantial STD burden that might not have been diagnosed using traditional assays," the authors concluded. "These data are critical for the design of effective public health interventions for this population."

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Adapted from:
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
05.2008; Vol. 35; No. 5: P. 495-498; Matthew J. Mimiaga, Sc.D., M.P.H.; Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D.; Sari L. Reisner, MA; Alex Gonzalez, M.D., M.P.H.; Bill Dumas, R.N.; Rodney Vanderwarker, B.A.; David S. Novak, M.S.W.; Thomas Bertrand, M.P.H.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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