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I was recently tested for Gonnorhea and Chlamydia due to some cervical pain I was experiencing. The results came back negative. They did not test for oral though. I had unprotected sex approximately 2 months before the test. About 3 weeks before being tested I was put on several doses of antibiotics to treat a sore throat. I was out of the country at the time and the language barrier prevented me from understanding exactly what I had. All they said was that it was bacterial and I needed to be on antibiotics. I read that one of the antibiotics I was on can be used to treat STIs. I am worried now that I actually had oral Gonnorhea. The sore throat had been gone for a month but has recently come back and I worry that the antibiotics did not work. I performed oral sex about 2 weeks ago (before sore throat symptoms) and then had unprotected sex. What is the likelihood that the antibiotics did not work and that I still have Gonnorhea (if I even had it at all)?

Hi

It’s difficult to know if your sore throat is caused by an STI. Having a sore throat is a common symptom and can be caused by many different things, most of the time it is a viral infection that causes this. Gonorrhea and chlamydia can be in the throat but most of the time they cause no symptoms.

When treating bacterial STI you need the correct antibiotic at the correct dose for it to work. It is possible if the wrong antibiotic or dose was given that it could reduce the symptoms but not cure the infection. 

As you are concerned that it could be an STI I would just recommend going to your family doctor or clinic and asking for a throat swab that would test for gonorrhoea and chlamydia. Have a look at our clinic finder if you need to find a clinic in your area.

At our STI clinics if a client is currently taking antibiotics or has recently been on antibiotics we would recommend waiting 4-6 weeks before doing any gonorrhea or chlamydia testing. But if someone had symptoms or was concerned something could have passed to them we would do a gonorrhea and chlamydia test straight away and ask them to repeat the test in 4-6 weeks if the first test was negative.

Please leave a comment to let us know if this answers your question or if you need more information.

Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on July 7, 2015

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