Journal article

Sites in the oropharynx reached by different methods of using mouthwash: clinical implication for oropharyngeal gonorrhoea prevention

Kate Maddaford, Christopher K Fairley, Sabrina Trumpour, Mark Chung, Eric PF Chow

Sexually Transmitted Infections | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVES: Oropharyngeal gonorrhoea is increasing among men who have sex with men and is commonly found in the tonsils and at the posterior pharyngeal wall. To address this rise, investigators are currently trialling mouthwash to prevent oropharyngeal gonorrhoea. We aimed to determine which parts of the oropharynx were reached by different methods of mouthwash use (oral rinse, oral gargle and oral spray). METHODS: Twenty staff at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre participated in the study from March to May 2018. Participants were asked to use mouthwash mixed with food dye, by three application methods on three separate days: oral rinse (15 s and 60 s), oral gargle (15 s and 60 s) and oral spra..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grant (GNT1122514). EPFC was supported by the NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (GNT1091226).