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std or infection?

Apr 16, 2001

What are the differences from gonorrhea symptoms and symptoms from an urinary tract infection? Can gonorrhea be transmitted through oral sex?

Response from Mr. Kull

Gonorrhea symptoms and non-specific/nongonococcal urethritis can present with similar symptoms. Burning or pain upon urination and/or discharge can characterize both conditions. A healthcare provider should be able to provide diagnostic testing to determine if you have been infected with gonorrhea or not. A medical provider can also treat the symptoms empirically in the absence of diagnostic tests.

Gonorrhea can be transmitted through oral sex if the receptive partner (the person who puts their mouth on the genitals) has a gonococcal infection in their throat.

For more information about STDs, see Sexually Transmitted Disease Basics (


A definitive HIV Testing response please.

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