Table 1

Characteristics of MSM within partnerships and their Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates

Number of MSM (number of couples)68 (34)
Median age (range)27 (17–55)*
HIV-positive (%)5 (7.6%)
Median number of male partners in the last 3 months (IQR)3 (1–5)
Condom use during anal sex in the last 3 months: number of MSM (%)
 Always9 (14%)
 Sometimes40 (61%)
 Never14 (21%)
 No anal sex3 (5%)
 Declined to answer2 (3%)
Sex overseas in the last 12 months: number of MSM (%)
 Yes12 (18%)†
 No54 (82%)
 Declined to answer2 (3%)
Number of culture-positive samples94
 Median number per partner (IQR)1 (1–2)
 Median number per couple (IQR)3 (2–3)
Sites with positive culture
Urethral gonorrhoea within partnerships (n=34)
 Either man was positive30
 Both men were positive1
Pharyngeal gonorrhoea within partnerships (n=34)
 Either man was positive19
 Both men were positive4
Rectal gonorrhoea within partnerships (n=34)
 Either man was positive24
 Both men were positive5
Number of different molecular types
por alleles25
tbpB alleles18
Antimicrobial resistance: number of isolates (MIC range, mg/L)
 Penicillin DS/resistant92 (0.06–2.0)
 Ceftriaxone DS6 (<0.008–0.06)
 Azithromycin-resistant0 (≤0.06–0.25)
 Ciprofloxacin-resistant41 (≤0.03–16)
 Spectinomycin-resistant0 (≤64)
  • *One patient’s age/date of birth was not available.

  • †2 New Zealand; 3 England; 2 Italy; 1 Thailand; 2 China; 1 USA; 1 unknown.

  • DS, decreased susceptibility; MIC, minimum  inhibitory concentration; MLST, multilocus sequence typing; MSM, men who have sex with men; NG-MAST, N. gonorrhoeae multiantigen sequence typing; PPNG, penicillinase-producing N. gonorrhoeae.