Journal article

Associations between oral sex practices and frequent mouthwash use in men who have sex with men: implications for gonorrhoea prevention

Tiffany Phillips, Christopher K Fairley, Sandra Walker, Eric PF Chow

Sexual Health | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2019


Background: Rates of gonorrhoea continue to rise among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Australia and worldwide. Recently, it has been proposed that oropharyngeal gonorrhoea may play a role in its onward transmission and that mouthwash use may be an effective intervention for gonorrhoea prevention and control. The objective of this study was to determine the association between specific oral sex practices and frequency of mouthwash use. Methods: A questionnaire-based study was conducted among MSM attending the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre in Australia from March to September 2015. Logistic regression was performed to examine the association between frequent mouthwash use (i.e. daily or w..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge Afrizal Afrizal for his assistance with data extraction and Clare Bellhouse for assistance with data collection and entry. This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) program grant (number 568971). E.P.F. Chow is supported by the NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (number 1091226).