Tongue kissing fingered in spread of throat gonorrhoea

Press/Media: Research


Kissing had previously always been thought of as a low-risk activity for transmission of the infection. Aside from few case reports from 40 years ago, the public health message has consistently been that unprotected sex is largely responsible for the spread of gonorrhoea.

But research by the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre is upending that notion by demonstrating that tongue kissing increases the risk of gonorrhoea transmission in men who have sex with men (MSM).

Period9 Nov 2018

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  • Gonorrhoea
  • Kissing
  • Gay
  • Men
  • Oral
  • Throat