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The active-duty population was swabbed with sterile cottontipped swabs in the pharynx. We used calcium alginate swabs for the urethral cultures in the active-duty population. We do not think this was a reason for the lower rates in the active-duty group. All cultures were directly plated onto the culture media and incubated promptly.We have no real explanation for the higher rates seen in the active-duty population. This may have arisen from a difference in the sexual practices in this group when compared with the prostitute population.
Tice A, Rodriguez VL. Pharyngeal Gonorrhea-Reply. JAMA. 1982;247(19):2663. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320440014022
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