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May 21, 1982

Pharyngeal Gonorrhea

Author Affiliations

University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics Columbia

JAMA. 1982;247(19):2662. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320440014019

To the Editor.—  The recent article by Tice and Rodriguez, "Pharyngeal Gonorrhea" (1981;246:2717), states that "The USAF Regional Medical Center, Clark AFB, Republic of the Philippines, has undertaken venereal disease surveillance of the registered prostitutes in adjacent communities for several years. In addition, cultures for gonorrhea have been obtained... from symptomatic men seen in the Clark Public Health Clinic." During the study period, 110 cultures positive for Neisseria gonorrhoeae were obtained from 903 prostitutes. The authors state, "The only patients available for follow-up were those from the Clark Public Health Clinic," while the abstract contains a statement that "Treatment and follow-up of the pharyngeal infections were available only for the men seen at the Clark Public Health Clinic."Clearly, one could obtain the impression that the prostitutes involved in the study might not have received treatment. If they were indeed treated for their infections, the form of treatment and numbers