Journal article

Models of gonorrhoea transmission from the mouth and saliva

Christopher K Fairley, Vincent J Cornelisse, Jane S Hocking, Eric PF Chow

The Lancet Infectious Diseases | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019


This Personal View argues for a new framework of gonorrhoea transmission in men who have sex with men in which the oropharynx plays a major role in transmitting gonorrhoea to, or acquiring gonorrhoea from, their partner's oropharynx, penis, or anorectum through either direct contact or via saliva. To avoid preconceived notions of transmission dynamics, we ask readers to imagine that they are investigating a new sexually transmitted infection. On the basis of the existing clinical and epidemiological data for gonorrhoea at the penis, oropharynx, and anorectum site, we develop two models for transmission: the so-called penile model and the so-called oropharyngeal model. We argue that the exist..

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