• Users Online: 414
  • Home
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
Home About us Editorial board Ahead of print Browse Articles Search Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51

Assessing the need for routine screening for Mycoplasma genitalium in the low-risk female population: A prevalence and co-infection study on women from Croatia

1 Clinical Microbiology Department, Teaching Institute of Public Health “Dr. Andrija Štampar”; Medical Microbiology Department, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
2 Clinical Microbiology and Parasitology Unit, Polyclinic Dr. Zora Profozić", Zagreb, Croatia
3 Epidemiology Department, Teaching Institute of Public Health “Dr. Andrija Štampar”, Zagreb; Social Medicine and Epidemiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia
4 Clinical Microbiology Department, Teaching Institute of Public Health “Dr. Andrija Štampar”, Zagreb, Croatia

Correspondence Address:
Tomislav Meštrović
Clinical Microbiology and Parasitology Unit, Polyclinic “Dr. Zora Profozić”, Bosutska 19
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_309_16

Rights and Permissions

Background: There is an ongoing debate regarding possible cost and benefits, but also harm of universal screening for the emerging sexually transmitted pathogen Mycoplasma genitalium. Methods: From the initial pool of 8665 samples that were tested, a subset of Chlamydia trachomatis-positive and randomly selected C. trachomatis-negative cervical swabs were further interrogated for M. genitalium by real-time polymerase chain reaction, using a 224 bp long fragment of the glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase gene. Results: M. genitalium was detected in 4.8% of C. trachomatis-positive samples and none of C. trachomatis-negative samples. Accordingly, a significant association was shown between M. genitalium and C. trachomatis (P < 0.01), but also between M. genitalium and Mycoplasma hominis infection (P < 0.01). Conclusions: Based on the results, routine screening is recommended only for women with one or more identified risk factors. Moreover, younger age does not represent an appropriate inclusion/exclusion criterion for M. genitalium testing in the low-risk female population.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded203    
    Comments [Add]    
    Cited by others 2    

Recommend this journal