Sometimes referred to as ‘the clap’, gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects both men and women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s the second most commonly reported infectious disease with an estimated 820,000 new cases occurring each year in the United States .
More often than not, gonorrhea affects the urethra, rectum and throat - with the last mentioned causing oral gonorrhea.
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Causes of Oral Gonorrhea
Oral gonorrhea is typically contracted through performing oral sex on someone who has the infection.
One of the best ways to reduce your risk of contracting gonorrhea of the throat is by using a dental dam or condom each time you have oral sex.
Symptoms of Oral Gonorrhea
It’s common for gonorrhea to show little to no symptoms. Although if symptoms do appear, they differ depending on the part of the body that has become infected.
Symptoms and signs to keep in mind for oral gonorrhea include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Sore throat
- Redness in the throat
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If you notice any signs or symptoms of gonorrhea, it’s important to find out more - this can be done by taking a trip to your doctors office or from the comfort of your own home with an at-home lab test.
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