Neisseria gonorrhoeae was isolated from 39% of male contacts of women with acute gonococcal pelvic inflammatory disease (PID); 22% of these men were asymptomatic. More than half of those women with gonococcal PID had at least one male sexual consort with gonorrhea. Neisseria gonorrhoeae was isolated from 15% of male contacts of women with nongonococcal PID; 30% were asymptomatic.
Since a substantial number of male contacts of women with acute PID will have cultures positive for N gonorrhoeae and are asymptomatic, all male sexual consorts should be examined and have cultures grown for gonorrhea.
(JAMA 238:965-966, 1977)
Gilstrap LC, Herbert WNP, Cunningham FG, Hauth JC, Van Patten HG. Gonorrhea Screening in Male Consorts of Women With Pelvic Infection. JAMA. 1977;238(9):965–966. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280100049022
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