So, like a moron, I had unprotected oral sex last Saturday (both giving and receiving). The guy told me he was tested in April and was clean, but who knows if he lied to me or not? SO, I've made an appointment with my Gyno for next Thursday to get checked out. However, I've developed a minor sore throat about a day ago, and this concerns me. I know that sore throats aren't often associated with STDs, but I'm still nervous about it. I've not had any symptoms in my genital area, so that's good, but I also know that many STDs don't show symptoms. I'm so upset with my lapse of judgement that I've been fantasizing about visiting an emergency room to get tested before next Thursday, but that's also such a pain and would be way more expensive for me. I guess what I'm asking is, if I have contracted something will waiting a week worsen it in such a way that I should endeavor to be tested sooner? Or am I freaking out too much and should just wait patiently for my appointment next week?
And yes, I'm going to go out and buy some flavored condoms and dental dams stat. I can't believe I let my guard down like that. UGHHHH
Thanks for your help!
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Sore throats have all sorts of causes, and even if it is due to an STI (which, frankly would be unusual - most don't show symptoms so soon if they do at all) waiting until you can get tested isn't a huge deal.
What actually might be better for you to do is to get your sore throat checked out by your regular healthcare provider, making sure to mention that you've given oral sex unprotected, and then reschedule your screening for a month or so from now (unless you develop any other symptoms before then). I know that's a long time to wait when you're freaking out, but the majority of STIs will not show up on a test so soon after a risk like this, so it's better to wait a few weeks. You'll also want to schedule a follow-up testing about six months after this first one.
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Karybu addressed the physical health issues well so I’ll comment on being “…so upset with my lapse of judgment…”. Please, don't beat yourself up for getting caught up in the moment! It is a very natural thing! I can understand your frustration about not practicing safe sex, I have been there too. Take care of yourself as Karybu suggested; go see your regular Dr. or Student Health Center (if appropriate) first. Just remember you are human and consider this a learning experience.
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