Throat Gonorrhea is more common than previously thought.
It can be spread via deep kissing and oral sex.
Although it can cause severe throat pain, it is frequently asymptomatic.
Diagnosis is made with a throat swab.
What is Throat Gonorrhea?
Throat Gonorrhea (aka Gonorrhea of the Throat, The Clap) is an infection of the throat by the bacteria Neisseria Gonorrhea.
How do I know I have it?
90% of the time, Throat Gonorrhea has no symptoms.
10% of the time, it causes a sore throat, fever and swollen neck glands. This usually happens 2 to 10 days after exposure.
How can I catch it?
Throat Gonorrhea is caught when you have unprotected oral sex with a partner who is infected with gonorrhea.
It is much easier to catch Throat Gonorrhea via receptive penile oral sex (i.e. having your partner’s penis in your mouth) than through receptive vaginal oral sex (i.e. licking or sucking your partner’s vagina).
If I have Throat Gonorrhea can I pass it to my partner?
Yes. If you have Throat Gonorrhea, you can pass it to your partner by having unprotected oral sex.
If your partner develops symptoms of Gonorrhea (pain passing urine, discharge) after having oral sex with you, you should have yourself checked for Throat Gonorrhea.
How do I check for Throat Gonorrhea?
See your doctor. He will take a swab from your throat and send it to the lab for a special culture. Please let your doctor know you are worried about Throat Gonorrhea. It requires a special swab. The normal swab for Strep Throat will not detect Throat Gonorrhea.
How is Throat Gonorrhea Treated?
The commonest treatment for Throat Gonorrhea is an injection of an anti-biotic called Ceftriaxone. If you are unable to take this injection you will be given pills instead. You might need to visit the doctor again to make sure the Throat Gonorrhea is fully cured.
How can I protect myself from Throat Gonorrhea?
Always use a condom when having oral sex.
Are there other STDs associated with Throat Gonorrhea?
Yes. If you have Throat Gonorrhea you likely will have Gonorrhea in other areas such as the Urethra (urine tube) or Anus. You should ask your doctor to check for these too.
Throat Gonorrhea is also associated with other STDs such as HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis B.
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Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.