On Thu, 06 Jan 2000 10:10:35 -0500, Neil McKenna <nmckenna at ottawa.com>
>Mycoplasma is an odd type of bacterium that has absolutely NO cell wall.
>There are two main members of the species: M. pneumoniae (causes
>pneumonia, usually in immunosuppressed individuals) and M. genitalium
>(causes an STD (I'm not sure which one)).
Incorrect. It's genus-species; therefore, Mycoplasma is the genus and
pneumonia or genitalium are the species.
>>I don't think it's out of the realm of possibilities to see infections
>of either mycoplasma in AIDS patients, considering they're
Both are seen in AIDS patients, but in otherwise healthy individuals
as well. M. pneumoniae causes "walking pneuomia"; M. genitalium is
one of the etiologies of NGU, although it's frequently asymptomatic.
Dr. D. Johnston
johnstd at labcorp.com
dmj7 at bellsouth.net