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Sexually Transmitted Throat Infections

In recent months, Niagara Region Public Health has seen an increase in the number of gonorrhea and chlamydia infections in people’s throats. The majority of people have no signs or symptoms, but may experience:

  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever

These infections are tested for by an easy throat swab, and can be treated with free antibiotics.

Other infections like Herpes and HPV can also be passed by unprotected oral sex, and can cause sores and bumps in the mouth and throat.

To prevent passing sexually transmitted infections orally, it's strongly encouraged that partners use flavoured condoms and dental dams when giving or receiving oral sex. These products are always free at any sexual health centre or from an outreach nurse.

For more information, visit SexandU.

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