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    Exclamation Have a sore throat? Then read this...

    Every time I get a sore throat a week after performing DATY, I immediately stop all sexual activity and get tested with a throat culture. While pharyngeal gonorrhea is rare among heterosexual males, it can occur especially if the female is infected. The fact is that SPs that perform s should be testing themselves very often - no excuses. This is the part of the hobby that I take very seriously and while assume all SPs take their health seriously, I do not take anyone`s word about testing negative. If you have multiple sex partners, you need to be tested, end of discussion. Have a look at this article below:

    Top Stories | 5/11/04
    Have a sore throat? UHS may run tests for gonorrhea
    STD spread through oral sex, treated with antibiotics
    By Jillian Rogers

    When several students at the University visited the health center on campus for sore throats, they never expected to be tested for a sexually transmitted disease that could be living in their throats.

    ``Try explaining that to your parents,`` said Ashley Hoyer, a journalism sophomore whose friend was tested for the disease when she stopped into the University Health Services complaining her throat hurt.

    Recently, medical professionals at UHS have been testing patients seen because of sore throats for pharyngeal gonorrhea, gonorrhea of the throat. Several students have been diagnosed with the disease, according to Amy Waggoner, a UHS nurse practitioner.

    After performing throat cultures on the students, medical professionals verified that the same bacterium commonly found in the warm moist areas of the reproductive tract, was growing inside some students` throats.

    Although this form of the sexually transmitted disease is uncommon, medical professionals at UHS see outbreaks of the disease throughout the year.

    ``There was a huge surge last May right after finals when students were maybe drinking and celebrating, and they were less inhibited sexually,`` Waggoner said.

    The bacterium spreads by transmission of infected bodily fluids such as semen, saliva or blood. The disease can even infect the eye. It is unlikely for the disease to spread through sharing drinks or coughing, said Shannon Rauh, sexual health program coordinator at the student health center. Most often, however, pharyngeal gonorrhea is spread through oral sex.

    ``More college students are involved in oral sex, because they think there are less risks involved,`` Rauh said. ``You can get any STD engaging in oral sex.``

    In fact, Rauh said, surveys show that students are more likely to have oral sex now than ever before, which makes college campuses a breeding ground for pharyngeal gonorrhea.

    Some carriers experience uncomfortable symptoms such as a sore throat. Most experience no symptoms at all.

    ``Ninety-eight percent of people have no symptoms at all, which means that for every one person we see with it, roughly 100 more are out there,`` Waggoner said.

    Phyrengeal gonorrhea has no long-term effects and can be treated with antibiotics. The danger associated with the disease, according to both Waggoner and Rauh, lies in sexual partners of the infected students. The partners are likely infected with genital gonorrhea and unaware of it, they said.

    If left untreated, genital gonorrhea can lead to infertility, major pelvic infection or scar tissue in the fallopian tubes. The disease can also lead to ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a woman`s fertilized egg gets stopped and stuck in the fallopian tube, often resulting in her death.

    The positive result of diagnosing pharyngeal gonorrhea, said Waggoner, is that the health center can attempt to find the person from whom the student contracted the disease and treat him or her for genital gonorrhea.

    Finding the students infected with genital gonorrhea is difficult, because most students don`t know about pharyngeal gonorrhea and don`t know to visit the health center for testing. Students who have symptoms often pass them off as a sore throat until they go away, Waggoner said.

    ``I had no idea this even existed,`` said Michael Conti, an advertising senior, who learned the health center is testing students for the disease. ``You`d think more people would know about this with all the STD hype that goes around.``

    Although more cases have been seen at the University, pharyngeal gonorrhea is relatively uncommon outside campus, said Sam Price, a disease intervention specialist. Price works at the Rebecca Baines Johnson Health Center and Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic of Austin, which receives reports of all sexually transmitted disease in the state of Texas. The most common cases of pharyngeal gonorrhea, he said, are found in gay men in their early 20s and 30s.

    Although Price reported no trends indicating a surge in the occurrence of the disease on campus, the center has found a higher number of Austin cases in recent years.

    Experts agree the surest way to prevent the transmission of pharyngeal gonorrhea is to abstain from sexual activity or to be in a long-term monogamous relationship.

    Rauh also suggests using a dental dam during oral sex. Dental dams are small latex sheets that provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases during oral sex. Students can get dental dams for free at the Health Promotion Resource Center.

    Students who think they may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease should be examined, tested and treated as soon as possible, Waggoner said. Medical treatment and information is available from the University Health Center, public health centers or community STD clinics and private physicians.
    Last edited by General Gonad; 01-12-2006 at 09:36 AM.

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    and this is a surprise to people?

    unprotected oral sex is never risk free.

    and by the way - just because you get tested, doesn`t mean you will always be able to identify, catch and treat the infection.

    By the time most individuals are treated with medication - they have already infected others.

    are never the way to go - even if they seem and sound glamourous in reveiws!

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    Not only that if your throat is sore your are now more likely to pick up an infection because your throat is raw...

    Ronnie,
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    Some clarification

    Train,

    First, I have read many posts on STIs and I agree with you that most are simply scaremongering and very poorly researched. Ronnie has provided some excellent links worth looking at. However, very few posts on pharyngeal gonorrhea so I started a new thread. My thread is simply for information purposes only. Most of the time a sore throat is simply a bacteria or viral in the case of strep throat, which then requires antibiotics.

    I agree with you that abstinence is the only true safe solution but a CBJ does reduce the risk for SPs and their clients from getting this type of gono. My warning about testing is based on my subjective view that things are getting too liberal and permissive so many fearless people have developed a false sense of security. Bottom line: if you are into this hobby or even if you have multiple sex partners, don't be a fool and always err on the side of paranoia. I think we all agree that even the best lay isn't worth your health.


    GG

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    Train

    Quote Originally Posted by Train
    To think that you have made a significant reduction in risk just by switching to cbj is just wishful thinking.
    Are you serious...?

    We need to look at risk not only in likely hood of catching something but the severity of catching something could impact your life (sexual and non-sexual).

    My suspicion is that most people think it won't happen to them...and then when it does, most people stick to wearing condoms no matter what the act.

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    I'm wondering, if one of the community catches a funny disease, will he alert the board?

    Has it happened before?
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    A serious question

    There are all kinds of issues here, mostly related to the fact that it is often not clear who is making the allegation and whether the source of the infection can be unequivocally established (usually not!). Of course, posting confidential medical information about others is simply not acceptable. For those reasons these kinds of statements from clients likely are not postable. Unfortunately this may lead to the false impression that STIs are less common than they are, but really there is no good alternative.

    Perhaps providers or agencies can give us an idea about how often they are tested. As a client, I would get myself tested for typical STIs periodically, and immediately if there were any symptoms. I would also prefer to patronize those who take care to be tested regularly.

    Quote Originally Posted by CryWolf
    I'm wondering, if one of the community catches a funny disease, will he alert the board?

    Has it happened before?
    Memory loves time

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    issue of disclosure

    On the issue of disclosure, I agree that you cannot validate every claim that you read on a review board so it is preferable not to post these things. But let's say you test yourself and discover that you have an STI. I believe that it is the responsibility of each individual - SPs and clients alike - to contact each person they have encountered since their last test. Does this happen? I strongly doubt it but all agencies should have this policy and so should independents. The problem is that it is almost impossible to implement and there are business and reputational effects that weigh in.

    I have no shame in asking SPs about their last medical checkup. If she gets offended, then that is her problem, not mine. She can ask me the same question as well.

    As for my sore throat, I saw the doctor yesterday and he doubts it was pharyngeal gonorrhea since it is rare. However, he did add that prostitutes and IV drug users are at higher risk so just to make sure, I asked him to run the tests. He gave me antibiotics for strep throat and told me to take them for the full 10 days while I await my results (can take 2 weeks to find out). In the meantime, I will refrain from any activities including kissing.

    GG

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    I get tested on a regular basis...

    and it hasn't come up that I have had anything, but, if I did, I would definitely feel the need to share that information with those people I had contact with... it makes sense. I also think that there are at least a few agencies who ask that their girls get tested on a regular basis.

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    Anik

    Quote Originally Posted by General Gonad
    On the issue of disclosure, I agree that you cannot validate every claim that you read on a review board so it is preferable not to post these things. But let's say you test yourself and discover that you have an STI. I believe that it is the responsibility of each individual - SPs and clients alike - to contact each person they have encountered since their last test. Does this happen?
    GG

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    Doctors Without Borders reccomends that people in high risk groups, get checked every 3 to 6 months.

    Ronnie,
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    They will forget what you said,
    they will forget what you did,
    but they will never forget the way you made them feel.

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    again on testing and disclosure

    Ronnie, Anik,

    Thank you for your replies, it is nice to hear SPs' points of view. Again, for me, it is simply a matter of being responsible in this hobby. You can have fun, enjoy yourself but if you contract an STI and treat yourself without disclosing it to the people you had sex with, then you're an idiot in my books. Unfortunately, a lot of people feel ashamed or are in complete denial if this occurs to them and they do not want anybody else to know. Often in life you have to swallow your pride and do the right thing.

    GG

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    I definately agree that you must disclose it to the people you may have infected! ...and I would hope that if infected, all of you would do the same thing, including telling your wife!

    Also abstaining from sex until your infection is cured, or at least under control (as in the case with herpes).

    Ronnie,
    Naughtylady
    They will forget what you said,
    they will forget what you did,
    but they will never forget the way you made them feel.

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