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Symptom: sore throat?
Jul 22, 2003

After giving oral sex, can sore throat be a sympton of an STD, that can be contracted through oral sex?

Response from Mr. Kull

Before answering your question, let me suggest that you avoid diagnosing yourself for STIs (sexually transmitted infections). It is important that you leave that task up to your doctor. People often fall into the trap of convincing themeselves that they have an STI because of some minor symptom they coincidentally experience close to an encounter. You should always first think of your actual risk for infection, and then take into account any symptoms that you are experiencing. Regardless, never ignore symptoms that persist: always speak to your doctor.

Certain STIs can be transmitted from the genitals to the mouth or throat, and they can manifest in different ways, but that route of transmission is not as likely as genital-genital transmission. Hepatitis, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and chlamydia can all be transmitted to a person performing oral sex on an infected person, but the likelihood for transmission will vary from case to case. If you know or have reason to suspect that your partner was infected with one of these STIs or your symptoms persist, see a doctor.

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