BARBARA ROMANOWSKI, M.D.; DAVID A. HAWKINS, M.D.
To the editor: The recent article by Jones and associates (1) presents interesting new information regarding pharyngeal isolation of Chlamydia trachomatis. Not only were the authors able to isolate chlamydia from 3.4% of their study population, but they were also able to correlate positive cultures in women with a history of fellatio. Perhaps their most important observation relates to 45 of 82 pharyngeal cultures being positive only after passage.
We recently examined 160 homosexual men for evidence of pharyngeal sexually transmitted pathogens. Half of the group had pharyngitis for a mean of 12.8 days, whereas the remaining 80 patients were
ROMANOWSKI B, HAWKINS DA. Chlamydia trachomatis in the Pharynx. Ann Intern Med. ;103:646. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-4-646_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(4):646.
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