Mouthwash Shows Promise in Preventing Gonorrhea

(Newser) – Listerine claimed way back in 1879 that its mouthwash could “cure” gonorrhea, Live Science reports. Now a new study published Tuesday in Sexually Transmitted Infections gives credence to that claim. Or at least that’s what the overly excitable media would have you believe. “A good gargle before engaging in oral sex may reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to the recipient,” states Forbes (which notes more research is needed to get rid of that pesky “may”). Researchers had 58 men with gonorrhea in their throats gargle with Listerine or saltwater. The men who gargled with mouthwash for a minute were 80% less likely to test positive for gonorrhea-causing bacteria afterward.

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