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

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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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