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Could antiseptic mouthwash inhibit pharyngeal Neisseria gonorrhoeae? Further research is required
  1. Eric P F Chow1,2,
  2. Christopher K Fairley1,2
  1. 1 Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 Central Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Eric P F Chow, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, 580 Swanston Street, Carlton, VIC 3053, Australia; Echow{at}

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We would like to clarify a few misleading press releases about using a one-off antiseptic mouthwash to inhibit pharyngeal gonorrhoea among men who have sex with men (MSM).1

First, our study was small and only showed a short-term inhibitory effect after a single use. A multisite randomised controlled trial is currently underway to confirm the long-term effect of daily mouthwash use (ACTRN12616000247471). …

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  • Funding EPFC is supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (no. 1091226).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.