Oral Gonorrhea Test Kit
If you’ve engaged in oral sex you’re at risk for gonorrhea and should order an oral gonorrhea test. Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that’s transmitted through body fluids and can infect your mouth or throat, genitals, or anus.
Unless your partner told you that they have gonorrhea after you performed oral sex on them, the only way to tell if you’ve been infected with gonorrhea in the mouth is to take an oral gonorrhea test.
This “silent” STD is on the rise, likely due to an increase in oral sex and the millions of bacteria in the throat that serve as a reservoir for STD infections.
Although gonorrhea is treatable with antibiotics, it’s important treat this infection early since some strains are becoming more resistant to bacteria.
How Can You Get Oral Gonorrhea?
Simply put, through oral sex. Gonorrhea is an STD that has over 820,000 new infections annually, according to the CDC. Most of those gonorrhea infections are among people ages 15 to 24.
While 85 percent of sexually active adults in the 18-44 range say they’ve engaged in oral sex, chances are that most of that wasn’t performed using a condom, dental dam, or other barrier.
Performed oral sex on your partner? If they had a genital or anal/rectal gonorrhea infection, you’re at risk for this oral STD. Any unprotected oral sex puts you at risk for oral gonorrhea and other STIs.
Signs You Should Take An Oral Gonorrhea Test
Symptoms of oral gonorrhea are difficult to detect. You might simply think you have a sore throat due to a cold or allergies that doesn’t seem to be going away.
Oral gonorrhea symptoms in women:
- Sore throat
- Pain when swallowing
Oral gonorrhea symptoms in men:
- Pain in the throat when swallowing
- Sore throat
Since these symptoms could easily be mistaken for a less serious health issue, taking an oral gonorrhea test is the only way to truly know your health status.
Where Can I Get An Oral Gonorrhea Test?
You can make an appointment at your local clinic for an oral gonorrhea test, or, order one at-home gonorrhea test and chlamydia test at myLAB Box.
The gonorrhea test administered at your clinic or doctor’s office may only be a urine test. If you don’t ask the provider to swab your cervix, penis, anus, and mouth, they might miss a gonorrhea infection in one of those places.
An oral gonorrhea test involves swiping your mouth with a cotton swab and sending it off to a lab to be analyzed for STDs.
myLAB Box’s three-site gonorrhea test screens for chlamydia at the same time and detects infections in the mouth, genitals, and extragenital area. Screen for all potentially infected areas in one shot to save time and money with myLAB Box’s STD testing kits.
What Happens If I Have Oral Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea infections in the throat are harder to cure than genital or rectal infections, but it can be treated with special antibiotics if your oral gonorrhea test comes back positive.
Gonorrhea could lead to serious health problems if you don’t treat it. In women and men, untreated gonorrhea can increase your risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Let your partner know that your oral gonorrhea test came back positive. You both should abstain from sex and they should gonorrhea test right away since you could have infected them.
Advise your partner to take an extragenital STD test that will cover oral gonorrhea, as well as the genitals and rectum. myLAB Box tests all three areas for gonorrhea and chlamydia in one easy-to-use test. You’ll get lab-certified results in a few days and recommendations if you need to speak to a doctor. What more could you want?
Reviewed by Luis Ferdinand M. Papa, MD, MHA