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FRENCH KISSING COULD BE UNEXPLORED CAUSE OF THROAT GONORRHEA

Gonorrhoea is the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the UK, but despite assumptions it can only be passed on through genital contact, new research suggests throat (oropharyngeal) gonorrhoea might be contracted through kissing alone.

According to a study published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, “deep kissing” (aka French kissing or kissing with tongues) might be a neglected route for spreading the infection among gay and bisexual men.

Gonorrhoea can be developed in the rectum, throat or eyes and may become increasingly difficult to treat given that certain strains of the infection are resistant to antibiotics.

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