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Member # 28715
posted 05-29-2008 11:48 PM
i gave oral sex about a week ago, and now ive developed a sore throat and a stuffy nose. could this be some sort of std? i also went swimming in the freezing cold a couple nights ago so im wondering if it could just be a cold? im so paranoid! help! and how long after a sexual encounter should you get tested? thanks.
Member # 37835
posted 05-30-2008 12:46 AM
chances are, you just have a cold. STD's tend to not show symptoms that fast (though I'm sure some could... I just don't know what they are), and well... they're certainly not the leading causes of sore throats and stuffy noses! Give yourself a few days, drink plenty of fluids, and if you get better, it was almost definitely a cold.
I'm not totally sure about when you can get tested to detect things from a specific encounter, but it's good to just get into the habit of getting tested every six months to one year, and if this cold gives you a reason to go for the first time, then go! To protect yourself, at least to some extent, using latex barriers for oral sex can make a difference and help you worry less (though they do not protect against all STD's they're SO much better than nothing). Bottom line: worrying too much about this will probably make you stressed and therefore it'll take you longer to get better, assuming it's just a cold. Now also seems like a good time to get into the habit of practicing safer oral sex and getting tested on a regular basis!
Member # 28715
posted 06-01-2008 09:51 AM
well, i have actually noticed that not only is it a sore throat, but i have a canker sore in the back of my throat, causing swallowing and eating to be extremely painful. i typically get canker sores when i bite myself or maybe brush too hard or cut myself eating chips or something, so im thinking it could just be a canker sore but i dont know? how can i tell if its just one of my usual canker sores or herpes?! i think my mom is going to take me to the doctor later, will they be able to tell? thanks in advance.
Member # 27966
posted 06-01-2008 02:08 PM
Canker sores and herpes are different things, actually. Herpes (cold sores) usually shows up on the lips and outside of the mouth, as raised red blisters. Canker sores, which are basically little ulcers, happen inside the mouth, and those can happen for various reasons, even due to dietary issues. They usually will look like a little flat red spot, sometimes with a white border. They're not an STI.
Just for the record, too, colds are due to viruses, so swimming in chilly weather will not give you a cold. However, your body has to work overtime to keep you warm in situations like that, which might impair your immune system a bit and allow you to get sick. If you're concerned about this, why not just ask your doctor about it? It doesn't sound like an STI to me, but your doctors do need to know if you're sexually active (if it's relevant), and they're bound by law not to tell anything you say to them to your parents.
Member # 28715
posted 06-01-2008 06:15 PM
went to the doctor, got tested for mono and strept and both came back negative. they then proceeded to immediately give me antibiotics for chlamydia, without asking if i was sexually active or not. they said that when someone my age comes back negative for strept and mono they treat for chlamydia, because they dont have a test for it. I'm planning on visiting planned parenthood tomorrow and getting tested for various sti's.. what are the chances that this could be chlamydia? i read somewhere that it is possible but very very unlikely to receive chlamydia from performing oral sex.
Member # 3
posted 06-01-2008 11:46 PM
It strikes me as very weird for a doctor to tell you there is no test for chlamydia: there is, and it's a very common test pretty much any kind of doctor can do and order, including in general public health clinics.
Chlamydia can be orally transmitted. I would not say it is very unlikely. Genital chlamydia is certainly more common, but getting it in the throat also happens. Given you had unprotected oral sex, any STIs which can be transmitted that way are possibilities. Beyond that, there's no way for us to get more in depth with what your chances are, as we just can't know that sort of thing. However, you could certainly see if the person you had oral sex with has been tested recently or has recently had Chlamydia if he does get tested.