Mouthwash can kill gonorrhea, study finds

Rinsing with Listerine mouthwash can stymie gonorrhea infections in the mouth and throat, according to a study published in Sexually Transmitted Infections.

The study found Listerine can kill Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria that cause gonorrhea infections.

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After testing Listerine's effect on N. gonorrhoeae in the lab, researchers recruited gay men with pharyngeal gonorrhea infections to participate in a trial. Participants gargled with either Listerine Cool Mint or saline for one minute. Men in the Listerine group were significantly less likely to return a positive mouth culture than men in the saline group (52 percent compared to 84 percent).

"With daily use [Listerine] may increase gonococcal clearance and have important implications for prevention strategies," the study concluded.

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