A recent study has revealed that kissing could be a possible reason
behind gonorrhoea – the most antibiotic-resistant of all the sexually
transmitted infections (STIs).
This is the findings of a new study published in the journal ‘The Lancet’.
is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria called
Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus. It used to be known as “the clap”.
The bacteria are mainly found in discharge from the joystick and in
Gonorrhoea is easily passed between people through: unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex.
The new study indicated that a significant and previously unrecognised
route of transmission of the bacterial infection was kissing.
In a report issued on June 6, 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said more than one million people catch a sexually transmitted disease
(STD), or STI, every day across the globe, with chlamydia, gonorrhoea,
trichomoniasis and syphilis of greatest concern.
“On average, approximately one in 25 people globally have at least one of these STIs,” the world body said.
On the current study, Monash University’s Professor Kit Fairley, argued
that the global sexual health community “needs to recognise that
gonorrhoea is on the rise and that there should be an increased
awareness of the risks of kissing as a route of transmission.”
Fairley is Director of the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and Professor of Public Health at Monash University.
To this end, he said: “Understanding how it is transmitted is the key to
understanding how to control it – if transmission by kissing is a key
route of transmission, then, it is important to investigate new methods
of control, such as antibacterial mouthwash.”
The study included more than 3,600 men who have sex with men over a 12-month period from March 2016.
By mapping those who only kissed partners, compared to having sex with
partners, the researchers were able to determine that the transmission
of the disease was high in people who kiss only, and was higher in those
who have sex with kissing compared to those who have sex without