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J. Clin. Med. 2014, 3(4), 1386-1391; doi:10.3390/jcm3041386

High Prevalence of Asymptomatic Sexually Transmitted Infections among Men Who Have Sex with Men

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Interne et Maladies Infectieuses, Hôpital Européen, 13003 Marseille, France
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Recherche et Développement, Laboratoire Alphabio, 1 rue Melchior Guinot, 13003 Marseille, France
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Received: 23 September 2014 / Revised: 17 October 2014 / Accepted: 20 October 2014 / Published: 12 December 2014
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Abstract

Background: Men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted infection. The aim of this cross-sectional study is to prospectively detect the prevalence of chlamydia trachomatis (CT), neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG), mycoplasma genitalium (MG), and high risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV), and syphilis in a population of asymptomatic sexually active MSM. Methods: Rectal, pharyngeal, and urine samples for CT, NG, MG, and HR-HPV were analyzed in 116 MSM patients attending the clinic for their routine follow-up during the period the study was conducted: 99 patients were issued from the clinic routine follow-up for their HIV infection, and 17 attended the clinic because they were sexual partners of an HIV infected male. Results: An STI was found in 16% of the patients (19/116), with at least one bacterial strain (CT, NG, or MG) found in one site (the pharynx, rectum, or urine). Conclusions: In this study, 16% of the MSM reporting recent RAI were asymptomatic carriers of rectal CT, NG, or MG. According to the high prevalence of asymptomatic STIs found in our MSM population and in other studies, prevention efforts in the form of counseling about the risk of STI need to be done in the population of MSM. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexually transmitted infection; men who have sex with men; high risk HPV infection; neisseria gonorrhoeae; chlamydia trachomatis; mycoplasma genitalium sexually transmitted infection; men who have sex with men; high risk HPV infection; neisseria gonorrhoeae; chlamydia trachomatis; mycoplasma genitalium
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Philibert, P.; Khiri, H.; Pénaranda, G.; Camus, C.; Drogoul, M.-P.; Halfon, P. High Prevalence of Asymptomatic Sexually Transmitted Infections among Men Who Have Sex with Men. J. Clin. Med. 2014, 3, 1386-1391.

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