A simple kiss with the tongue may be enough to contract Gonorrhea, Australian researchers revealed in a study published May 9, 2019 in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. This announcement goes against the widespread belief that this infection, also called gonorrhea or "hot-piss," is transmitted exclusively by sexual intercourse.
Caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeaeThis sexually transmitted infection can infect the sex, rectum and throat.
Australian researchers studied a question filled with 3,000 gay or bisexual people, 6% of whom tested positive for this infection. They found that people who have had a high number of partners or not have sex are more likely to develop gonorrhea in their throat.
A mashwash in prevention
"The 100-year-old known methods of gonorrhea transmission, in which a partner of the partner is the source of throat infection," said Erik Chow, lead the gonorrhea author. Study, in an e-mail too Washington Post.
This new study can help improve the spread of this disease, thus improving the means to fight against its transmission. A key issue as the number of effective antibiotics to cure this disease is increasingly reduced, being the center of disease control and prevention in the United States.
"We know that people are unlikely to stop kissing and our team is already conducting a clinical trial to determine if daily mouthwashing can prevent gonorrhea. A simple and inexpensive intervention for everyone," says Eric Chow, author of the study.