Is an STD causing my pharyngitis (sore throat?)

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  1. FRE

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    on 28 May, I had unprotected oral sex with a guy; foolish, I know, but I did it. Now I have had mild pharyngitis for a few days and am concerned that it could be caused by an STD infection. Unfortunately, I will not be able to have it checked 'til 15 June. I've e-mailed the guy from whom I would have got it if that is what I have. Of course, there are other possibilities and it could be that there is no cause for concern.

    No doubt others on this site have had an oral STD infection. I'm wondering what their experiences are with it and what they are doing to prevent it from happening again.

    Recently I exchanged e-mails with a guy who had an ad on Craigslist. It wasn't to meet him; he was trying to find someone for oral sex but not without condoms. I wanted to find out if he received any responses. He told me that my response was the only one he received. It seems that few guys are willing to use condoms for oral sex and evidentially are unaware that here is a risk.

    Perhaps I'll go back to living like a monk. At least then I would have no reason to be concerned about STDs.
     
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    I haven't had it, but I've worked in an OBGYN office. You can get a lot of stuff through oral. Namely- Gonorrhea, it's a good thing that you are getting checked. Goodluck hopefully it's just pharyngitis!
     
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    Yup, a constant and very painful sore throat could be Gonorrhea or Chlamydia. Definitely get it swabbed and cultured.
     
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    cant say what constitutes pharangytis but if someone has a cold or something of the sort, you can catch it in the mucous membranes of you dick. So by definition its an STD because you got it through sex, but it might just be an ordinary cold. I think they call it not specific urethrytis, ie some infection but nothing of importance. Moral: dont let someone with a cold suck you off.
     
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    I'm still wondering what others do, if anything, to protect themselves.

    I am aware that it could be gonorrhea or chlamydia, but probably won't be able to get tested 'til 15 June. If I had my way, I'd get tested yesterday!
     
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    Posts regarding locker room scenes and similar things receive many replies. Posts regarding health problems associated with sex receive few replies. The obvious conclusion is that most people are in a state if denial.
     
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    I honestly don't know FRE other than use condoms even with oral? If I knew more about it I would give you more, but I'm in a monogamous relationship and if I were not I do not do casual encounters so up to this point in my life my chances have been slim of being exposed. I've still been tested every year just because you can't always trust what people tell you. Don't jump to conclusions that you have something, hopefully it's nothing. Goodluck!

    And I'm glad that you brought this up, maybe some of the posters on the forum do not know things can be passed orally?
     
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    Ok so once upon a time, I had this friend everytime I gave oral to him to completion or not I got a wicked throat infection. I just stopped doing it. It was too painful so maybe just a baceria that just isn't jiving with you. I mean as soon as we were done I felt a tingle and it my throat felt very scratchy . We got tested together and we were both STI free. Just couldn't do oral. Getting checked is the best though. Too bad u can't go sooner its probably nothing but waiting is a bitch.
     
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    Anyone who is deepthroating or even just sucking should within a few hours gargle with a mix of 1/4 hydrogen peroxide and 3/4 water, get it deep in your throat and leave it in your mouth for 1-2min. DO NOT swallow it, but spit it out. This will kill anything you might have been exposed to. I work in the medical field and know this works.
     
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    I have oral sex without protection--I know the risk--I am not uninformed, but willing to take the risk for the enjoyment I have. I get regular checks ups at the clinics--never had anything from oral sex. But everyone has different luck and or issues.

    I have a friend that gave up going to the baths after two times because each time he did he got something. I use to go weekly for years and never got anything there--luck of the draw, better immune system, who knows. Each person has to make his own decision for what risk they are willing to take in life. That goes for all aspects of life not just sex.
     
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    Well to be fair there's an ambiguity about locker rooms and different perspectives of how people react to them. Plenty of room for discussion there. But only a swab test could tell if your sore throat was an STD or not.

    I'm more puzzled as to why you had to wait for so long before getting a test. Is Albuquerqe a small town? It must have been very worrying having to deal with the delay.

    Here in London, with out metropolitan-scale socialised medicine there are several walk-in STD clinics. You might have to wait an hour or two but you'll get tested that day, you can opt to have the results txt'd to you or call back for the diagnosis in a few days, and any medication dispensed is free. I think they even have a professional tracing service if you can't handle informing your contacts yourself. It's all highly confidential and records are kept separately from the rest of the health service. You don't even have to give your true name and address, though they encourage you to do so so they can follow-up if necessary.

    Anyway, what happened?
     
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    I first tried to get an appointment with my primary care physician, but they didn't have any appointments available for > one month, which is typical of them. At a public STD clinic, they wouldn't take a swab, the reason being that I was insured and their budget had been cut. At the hospital emergency room, after I had waited about five hours (typical) they did a culture for straph, but it came back negative so the physician said that it was viral and would go away by itself, but it didn't. So, I went to a private laboratory and found that they use different culture media for different suspected pathogens. The nurse took two swabs: one for gono and the other for chlam. The gono came back negative, but because of lab errors, the chlam had to be repeated twice, for a total of three tries!! It (finally) came back negative. Next I went to an urgent care place and was given a prescription for an antibiotic because it could have been an infection which was not detected. That was Monday; this is Friday, and my throat is still sore.

    Albuquerque has a population of about 500,000, excluding suburban areas. However, seeing a doctor here can be very difficult. I plan to go back to the same urgent care place tomorrow if I still have the problem, and in the VERY near future change medical care providers to one which can provide prompt service in case it is required. As it stands now, I haven't felt well for > one month!! I'm not totally incapacitated, but it has been a problem.

    This is supposed to be a prosperous country, but this state has almost the lowest per capita income in the entire U.S. and the high school drop out rate is almost 50%!! Also, there is a physician shortage here. Emergency rooms are full because patients go there when they cannot get an appointment to see a doctor. The University of New Mexico hospital recently greatly expanded to become a cancer center; they added many cancer specialists by luring them from other parts of the country. However, they did nothing to expand their ability to see more patients with ordinary problems, which is why getting an appointment promptly is impossible and why they send patients to emergency where they commonly have to wait for half a day or even longer. A woman told me about a friend of hers who was bitten by her cat. She went to University of New Mexico emergency and was told to return in 12 hours because they were too busy to see her. By the time she returned, she had a serious infection and had to be put on an IV delivered antibiotic.

    I expect to get through this, but meanwhile, because if it, I am experiencing tension-related cardiac symptoms which I've had before when I've been under tension, so I'm not worried about that. But it is startling to have one's heart skip a beat followed by what feels almost like a sledge hammer blow.

    Obviously this has been very frustrating, annoying, worrying, etc. etc. Probably I'll go back to living like a monk.
     
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