STI in throat

STIs can be transmitted through different types of sexual activity, which means they can also manifest in different parts of the body. Certain STIs can be transmitted through unprotected oral-genital contract and can infect the mouth or throat. Learn more about STIs that affect the throat here. Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, syphilis, and HPV are STIs that can infect the throat. Would you like to know whether a throat STI test is right for your? Check the Test Guide.

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STI in throat

Oral STIs can be transmitted through oral sex, such as oral-penile or oral-vaginal contact. An oral STI may cause symptoms of a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with an oral STI, it is recommended to contact your doctor or a sexual health clinic (GGD). 

As STIs do not always cause symptoms, a self-test may be advisable if you have had unprotected oral sex or have been warned by a partner about a potential STI.

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Chlamydia in the throat

Chlamydia can enter the mouth or throat through unprotected oral sex, such as oral sex without a condom or dental dam. Chlamydia infections affecting the throat are less common than infections affecting the genitals. 

Chlamydia in the throat often does not cause any symptoms. If symptoms occur,  they may include: sore throat, pain when swallowing, swollen glands in the throat, and fever. 

Gonorrhoea in the throat

Gonorrhoea can also infect the throat through unprotected oral sex. Most people with oral gonorrhoea have little to no symptoms, although the most common symptom is a persistent sore/itchy throat. Other symptoms can include difficulty swallowing, flu-like symptoms, swollen or painful glands, or redness in the throat.

It’s important to note that it is possible for a gonorrhoea test sample from the anus, vagina, or penis to be negative, while you could still have a gonorrhoea infection in the throat. 

STI in Throat - Homed-IQ