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Question:

"I was in a situation where I did not practice safe sex. However, my mouth did not touch man's penis. I have read that STDs might spread through your body. If so, how long does that take from the possible infection? I will get tested from urine but I am wondering whether I am at risk to have STD in my throat (via my own body) although I did not give oral sex?"

- Anonymous

Response:

Thank you for your question. While we are a little unclear on some of the things you are asking, we will do our best to try and help you.

STDs can spread from an initially infected area to different parts of your body. Of course, how quickly this happens and where it spreads to depends largely on the type of STD that is in question. A number of STDs can cause joint pain after they go untreated. There are joints all over your body. Other STDs can lead to blood infections. 

For the most part, STDs tend to infect the areas of the body that are associated with sexual activity. Namely, that means the penis, vagina, anus and mouth. However, as stated earlier, if STDs go untreated for extended periods of time, other parts of the body can experience symptoms. In the case of HIV, your entire immune system will eventually become infected. 

It is highly unlikely that your throat would be infected with an STD if you did not perform oral sex on your partner. The only way to know for sure is to get yourself tested. What you did or did not do with your partner is relevant to your question, but it needs to be made clear that the only way to know your STD status for sure is to get yourself tested.


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