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Research Letter
Thoughts about Mycoplasma hominis
  1. David Taylor-Robinson1,2
  1. 1 Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London, London, UK
  2. 2 Gerrards Cross, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor David Taylor-Robinson, Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London, London W2 1PG, UK; trobinson3{at}

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The notion that Mycoplasma hominis is an unimportant micro-organism in the genital tract is not without merit, but certain facts suggest that the topic should be reconsidered.

Since M. hominis was isolated about 73 years ago, there have been mixed observations regarding pathogenicity. Nasopharyngeal inoculation of men caused exudative pharyngitis and cervical lymphadenopathy1 and those who had high titres of preinoculation antibody were the least likely to develop …

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  • Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti

  • Funding This study was funded by Medical Research Council.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.