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Saturday night I had a sexual encounter of a strictly oral and manual nature (my lips were only on others' lips, but I had "oral sex" performed on me..."had my salad tossed" if you will...haha, couldn't help it. And I'm pretty sure that the person who "ate me out" is sexually active. Anyhoo, I haven't noticed anything different in my vagina, or all over my genital region for that matter, however today my throat hurts and something is definitely swollen in the back of it, I'm pretty sure it's a lymph node. Swollen lymph nodes are generally a sign of infection somewhere in the body, so I was wondering if there were any STI's or STD's that demonstrated symptoms of that nature. Keep in mind, though, that it's one of the ones in my throat as opposed to a closer one to the genital region. If I notice any other symptoms cropping up, I'll definitely have a full screening, but in the mean time, if anyone has any comments, speculations, advice, or anything, it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks a lot!
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Whether someone is sexually active or not, unprotected oral sex puts you at an STI risk.

(And hey: next time, don't get so wasted. I'm going to, with this post, assume your earlier post today was about this experience. Not only does getting loaded often cause people to take extra risks like this, it's just not good for you.)

You are, however, incredibly unlikely to have extended symptoms of an STI (as in, transmitted genitally, then exhibiting whole-body symptoms) a couple days after a risk, even if one was transmitted. But if you were also kissing, you could have caught mono, a cold or another virual infection.

So, here's the plan: you now need to start annual full screenings regardless. A month from now have one, then have one every single year. Period. Since many STIs are asymptomatic, waiting for symptoms to get screenings is not a smart practice: it's simply something a sexually active person shuld do every year, symptoms or no. If more people did it that way, rather than witing for symptoms, we'd have a WHOLE lot less STI transmission than we do, even without barrier use.

And if this symptom now doesn't subside in the next couple days with rest and fluids, or you have other symptoms, then see your doctor.

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Alright, thanks a lot! And yes, I definitely have been rethinking my drinking habits...what can I say?, nothing actually, I'm just dumb...anyhoo, thanks again for the quick response!
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A day and a half after I first performed oral sex (and had it performed on me) I woke up with swollen glands. As I was waiting at the clinic, for a Strep Throat test, I began to get paranoid it was an STD. My Strep Test was positive and the doctor said that it wasn't likely to be an STD. That was good news to my ears.
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