WILLIAM M. MCCORMACK, M.D.; YHU-HSIUNG LEE, M.D.; STEPHEN H. ZINNER, M.D.
Cultures for genital mycoplasmas and anonymous questionnaires on sexual experience were obtained from 191 normal male college students. Men who had not had sexual intercourse were virtually free of mycoplasmas, whereas more than 26% of those who had had intercourse with two partners and 56.3% of those who had had intercourse with more than 14 partners were colonized with T-strain mycoplasmas. Mycoplasma hominis was less prevalent but followed the same general pattern. These data indicate that colonization with T-mycoplasmas is related to sexual experience and that T-mycoplasmas are part of the urethral flora of many normal sexually active men. Moreover, the rates of colonization among the more sexually active normal men are similar to those that have been reported for patients with nongonococcal urethritis, which raises some questions about the proposed causative role for T-mycoplasmas in this disorder.
MCCORMACK WM, LEE Y, ZINNER SH. Sexual Experience and Urethral Colonization with Genital Mycoplasmas: A Study in Normal Men. Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:696–698. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-696
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):696-698.
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