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Mycoplasma Genitalium Infections & STIs

Clin Infect Dis; ePub 2018 Oct 23; Lillis, et al

In a recent study of women attending a sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic, Mycoplasma genitalium (M. genitalium) displayed the clinical features of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The study examined the associations of M. genitalium with selected sexually transmitted infections (STIs), demographic, behavioral, and clinical factors among women attending a STD clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana. Women aged ≥18 years who presented to the clinical provided sociodemographic data and sexual behavior, STI, obstetric and gynecologic history, along with urine, vaginal, endocervical, and rectal specimens. Among the details:

  • Among the 400 women included, M. genitalium was independently significantly associated with age <25 years and with ≥2 sexual partners in the last 12 months.
  • N. gonorrhoeae, C. trachomatis, and T. vaginalis independently increased the odds of infection with M. genitalium.
  • There was a positive trend for M. genitalium to predict cervicitis.


Lillis RA, Martin DH, Nsuami MJ. Mycoplasma genitalium infections in women attending a sexually transmitted disease clinic in New Orleans. [Published online ahead of print October 23, 2018]. Clin Infect Dis. doi:10.1093/cid/ciy922.