Chlamydia trachomatis, Mycoplasma genitalium and Ureaplasma urealyticum among students in northern Norway

J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2013 Jan;27(1):e91-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2012.04528.x. Epub 2012 Mar 26.


Background: The prevalence of Mycoplasma genitalium and Ureaplasma genitalium in populations outside sexually transmitted infection clinics in Norway is unknown.

Objective: To assess the prevalence of potential sexually transmitted organisms in a non-clinical setting, among college students in Northern Norway.

Methods: In total 655 students, 449 men and 206 women, were tested for Chlamydia trachomatis, M. genitalium, and U. urealyticum by nucleic acid amplification testing of urine samples. All subjects completed questionnaires.

Results: Among the included men, the prevalences of C. trachomatis, M. genitalium, and U. urealyticum were 4.2%, 1.1% and 8.9%, respectively. Prevalence among included women was 1.9%, 1% and 8.2%, respectively. In men, the number of sexual partners in the preceding 6 months was associated with prevalence of U. urealyticum and C. trachomatis.

Conclusions: U. urealyticum appeared more prevalent than C. trachomatis and increased number of sexual partners was associated with increased risk of a positive test. M. genitalium had a low prevalence.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Chlamydia Infections / epidemiology
  • Chlamydia Infections / transmission
  • Chlamydia trachomatis / isolation & purification*
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Contact Tracing
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Mycoplasma Infections / epidemiology
  • Mycoplasma Infections / transmission
  • Mycoplasma genitalium / isolation & purification*
  • Norway / epidemiology
  • Odds Ratio
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sex Distribution
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / microbiology*
  • Students
  • Ureaplasma Infections / epidemiology
  • Ureaplasma Infections / transmission
  • Ureaplasma urealyticum / isolation & purification*
  • Young Adult