Oropharyngeal Gonorrhea in Absence of Urogenital Gonorrhea in Sexual Network of Male and Female Participants, Australia, 2018

Vincent J. Cornelisse, Catriona S. Bradshaw, Eric P.F. Chow, Deborah A. Williamson, Christopher K. Fairley

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We describe a sexual network consisting of 1 nonbinary-gendered participant and 2 male and 4 female participants in Australia, 2018. Six of 7 participants had oropharyngeal gonorrhea in the absence of urogenital gonorrhea. This observation supports a new paradigm of gonorrhea transmission in which oropharyngeal gonorrhea can be transmitted through tongue kissing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1373-1376
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • Australia
  • bacteria
  • disease transmission
  • gonorrhea
  • infectious
  • kissing
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • oropharyngeal gonorrhea
  • pharynx
  • sex network
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • STIs
  • transmission
  • urogenital gonorrhea
  • whole-genome sequencing

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