The report of the Academy's Committee on Youth on "Venereal Disease and the Adolescent," in your September issue1 is most timely.

I would like to comment on the diagnosis of gonorrhea. While the cervix is considered the best site for culture of N. gonorrhoeae, our recent study2 of 1,899 girls yielded positive cultures in 213; 94.2% of these were from the vagina, while subsequent cervical cultures revealed only an additional 13 (5.8%) positive cases. Lucas et al3 found only a similar minor difference, with 92.4% of cervical and 89.5% of vaginal cultures positive in the same patient.

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