Kirby Institute Seminar Series - The role of the oropharynx in gonorrhoea transmission

Chow, E. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course


Gonorrhoea is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and the rate of infection is increasing at an alarming rate not only in Australia but also in many western countries such as the US and UK. The rise in antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae may make gonorrhoea very difficult to treat, allowing for its rapid spread through sexual networks. As such, gonorrhoea has become a major emerging global public health problem and is therefore considered a “priority organism” in the Australian National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy, and a “global threat” by the World Health Organization. In Australia, the most at-risk population for gonorrhoea is gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM) but there has been a substantial rise in other populations (e.g. sex workers and heterosexuals) in the last few years. The oropharynx has become the most common anatomical site for gonorrhoea infection. During this seminar, Eric will discuss the role of the oropharynx in gonorrhoea transmission in different risk populations and a potential novel intervention for oropharyngeal gonorrhoea.
Period9 Oct 2018
Event typeSeminar
LocationSydney, Australia, New South Wales
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Gonorrhoea
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • STI
  • STD
  • resistance
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • prevention
  • treatment
  • epidemiology
  • Transmission
  • Oropharyngeal
  • men who have sex with men