Mycoplasma genitalium among Adolescent Women and their Partners

Aneesh K. Tosh, Barbara Van Der Pol, J. Fortenberry, James A. Williams, Barry Katz, Byron Batteiger, Donald P. Orr

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Purpose: Mycoplasma genitalium is a possible sexually transmitted pathogen and its study among the adolescent age group has been limited. In this longitudinal study, the epidemiology, natural history, and associated clinical findings of M. genitalium among adolescents in a primary care setting were explored. Methods: A sample of 383 young women (14-17 years of age) and 117 male partners provided sexual behavior data and urogenital samples for polymerase chain reaction testing to detect M. genitalium, Chlamydia trachomatis, and other sexually transmitted infections. Women were tested quarterly for up to 27 months and, during every other quarter, tested weekly. The presence of any signs or symptoms of infection among the female subjects was also documented. Results: Cumulatively, 13.6% (52/383) of women tested positive for M. genitalium. All women with M. genitalium, except one, were sexually experienced. M. genitalium was associated with number of sexual partners (p < .001) and C. trachomatis infection (p < .03). M. genitalium was more likely among male partners of M. genitalium-positive women (p < .02); 31.3% of untreated M. genitalium cases had infection lasting over 8 weeks. M. genitalium was not associated with the presence of clinical signs or symptoms of infection. Conclusions: Findings support sexual transmissibility of M. genitalium and add to understanding of M. genitalium natural history and clinical findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-417
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

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Chlamydia trachomatis
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Chlamydia Infections
Sexual Partners
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexual Behavior

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Epidemiology
  • Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Polymerase chain reaction
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Mycoplasma genitalium among Adolescent Women and their Partners. / Tosh, Aneesh K.; Van Der Pol, Barbara; Fortenberry, J.; Williams, James A.; Katz, Barry; Batteiger, Byron; Orr, Donald P.

In: Journal of Adolescent Health, Vol. 40, No. 5, 05.2007, p. 412-417.

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Tosh, Aneesh K. ; Van Der Pol, Barbara ; Fortenberry, J. ; Williams, James A. ; Katz, Barry ; Batteiger, Byron ; Orr, Donald P. / Mycoplasma genitalium among Adolescent Women and their Partners. In: Journal of Adolescent Health. 2007 ; Vol. 40, No. 5. pp. 412-417.
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