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Pharyngeal gonorhoea-the holy grail?

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Day 2 - I found Christopher Fairley, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Health, VIC, Australia witty and captivating!

He gave a quick talk on Pharyngeal Gonorrhoea questioning WHY is it SO common in MSM - why not Chlamydia or HPV??

Are they kissing more partners? 

As there's no difference in rates of oral sex between MSM and MSW or the rate of transmission if they only kiss or kiss plus have sex.....it doesn't make sense!!

He suggests that gonorrhoea is transmitted in saliva and saliva is used as a lube when rimming and that the penis is irrelavant to transmission of gonorhoea in MSM.

He also spoke about using an antibacterial mouthwash such as Listerine to substantially reduce transmission of gonorrhoea 

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