My boyfriend and I both have sore throats. It’s odd, because we have not been sick. We have unprotected sex and oral. What could it be?

It’s possible you both are experiencing symptoms caused by a Chlamydia or Gonorrhea infection in the throat. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are transmitted through infected semen and vaginal fluids. They are bacteria that can infect the vagina, penis, anus or throat. More often than not, these infections are asymptomatic– which means they don’t have symptoms. So it’s quite possible for vaginal fluids and/or semen to be infected without symptoms in the penis or vagina specifically.

Get tested as soon as you can. Teen Clinic provides free or low-cost and confidential STI testing, including a throat culture that will detect if Chlamydia or Gonorrhea is present. Remember that flavored condoms and dental dams are effective methods for reducing the transmission of STIs during oral sex! Until you are tested and treated, abstain for sexual activity or use condoms and dental dams.