new study has debunked the theory that you can’t get an STD from
kissing. Researchers have found that the gonorrhea strain is
transmittable through kissing.
researchers discovered French kissing is the way in which a person
can develop oral gonorrhea – more in bisexual and gay men. While
it’s not a well-studied idea, an expert said the notation was
significant in understanding the STD, especially in the wake of more
people becoming infected with it and its resistance to antibiotic
University Medical Center Department of Urology Nurse Practitioner
Anthony Lutz said he’s not seen these cases personally, but the
suggestion that mouth-to-mouth transmission is happening is going
around the medical community.
said it’s important deep into to find out for sure so that medical
personnel can screen patients better and get them the necessary
which is the result of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria, is
transmitted by way of having vaginal or oral sex, infecting the
throat, rectum and genitals. Oral gonorrhea, which public health
officials, say is not a kissing disease is the result of performing
oral sex on someone who is infected.
Researchers looked at questionaries from over 3,000 bisexual and gay men from a Melbourne sexual health center and found that six percent of them had been diagnosed with oral gonorrhea.
men said they have – an average – of one sex-only partner, four
kissing-only partners and five kissing with sex partners in the last
to the research, the higher number of kissing-only and
kissing-with-sex partner were at a higher risk of being diagnosed
with oral gonorrhea.
study’s lead author Eric Chow said more people a person kissed
increased their chances of developing throat gonorrhea, regardless if
they had sex or not with it.
information is a direct challenge to the widely accepted thought of
gonorrhea’s transmission routes where the penis was the source of
the transmission for throat infections.
CDC and medical professionals have become quite concerned with
gonorrhea as there has been a significant increase in the number of
infections in it and other STDs throughout the world. Even more
troubling is the rise in the number of antibiotic-resistant
gonorrhea. In the U.S. alone, there was a 67 percent increase in
gonorrhea cases between 2013 and 2017.
some gonorrhea strains are resistant to the antibiotics people get
for the infection.
Division of STD Prevention Director Gail Bolan said the agency
believes gonorrhea will eventually become resistant to even the most
effective antibiotic, which is why more treatment options need to be
developed. She said it’s imperative the medical community work
hard to find infected patients and stop the resistance.
to Lutz, mouth-to-mouth oral gonorrhea transmission studies is
challenging because it would be hard to find the people kissing-only
partner who would want to talk about it. It would even harder to stop
the transmission, he said.
Lutz said if the Australia findings are true, the very idea of it could cause panic. After all, kissing is common. This is why it’s important to get additional research done, so medical professionals and their patients have a better understanding of the disease.
Chow said it’s not likely people will stop kissing, but his team is looking at a clinical trial in which daily mouthwash use could stop gonorrhea from spreading. If so, then the intervention method could be a cheap treatment.