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May 21, 1982

Pharyngeal Gonorrhea-Reply

Author Affiliations

USAF Silver Spring, Md

JAMA. 1982;247(19):2663. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320440014022

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In Reply.—  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.