Specimens from genital, anorectal, and pharyngeal sites from 1671 men and 1419 women were cultured for Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Pharyngeal specimens were also cultured for Neisseria meningitidis, N. gonnorrhoeae was isolated from a genital site 2.7 times more often in men and 1.8 times more in women who also carried meningococci in their pharynx than from those who did not; the meningococcus was isolated 3.4 times more often from men and 2.0 times more often from women with genital gonorrhoea than from those without. In both men and women the association of each organism with the other was statistically significant (p less than 0.001) and may be related to sexual behaviour rather than to individual susceptibility to neisserial infection.
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