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What can I get from oral sex?

Three days ago, I received unprotected oral sex and had condom-protected vaginal sex with a sex worker.

The next day, I noticed 2 little bumps on my penis, that looked a little like pimples, but am not sure whether I've had them before. I visited a doctor to ask if they were genital warts. He said it's too early to tell. He also said that I can receive ANY STD from oral sex apart from HIV. He advised me to get Gardasil-vaccinated, as he said that if I do have HPV, the Gardasil would help contain its symptoms. He also suggested that I get tested for Hep B immediately, and then to get a complete test in 3 months time for all STD's. The 2 bumps have since disappeared.

I have a girlfriend and we have oral sex, but not vaginal sex. I am worried sick of what I might pass to her. As far as I can, I hope I don't have to tell her about my indiscretion as this one incident is enough to make me not visit a sex worker again.

1) What could I have caught from the sex worker given my contact with her? I received oral sex from her for less than half a minute, while the vaginal sex we had was protected with a condom. Could I have caught HPV, gonorrhea, syphilis, Hep B, Chlamydia, herpes, HIV, etc from just receiving oral sex from her?

2) Do I have to wait 3 months to get a full check-up? The doctor suggested I could get one now, but some diseases might not yet show up and results would only be clearer 3 months later. How soon can I get tested for the various diseases listed in Q1 above?

3) Could I possibly pass anything to my girlfriend through kissing, oral sex and sharing food/drinks? I’ve read that kissing and sharing food/drinks should be ok, but I’m worried I might unknowingly pass something to her when receiving oral sex.

4) Is it possible that I might carry an STD bacteria/virus and not suffer any symptoms (and thus not know unless I get tested), and at the same time pass it to my girlfriend?

I hope to hear from a doctor soon.
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Hello,
Thank you very much for your post and welcome to our STD forum.
Let me answer all your questions here below:

1) What could I have caught from the sex worker given my contact with her? I received oral sex from her for less than half a minute, while the vaginal sex we had was protected with a condom. Could I have caught HPV, gonorrhea, syphilis, Hep B, Chlamydia, herpes, HIV, etc from just receiving oral sex from her?

THE ONLY POSSIBLE STIs THAT YOU MIGH HAVE CONTRACTED AFTER RECEIVING UNPROTECTED ORAL SEX WOULD BE GONORRHOEA, CHLAMYDIA, HERPES AND SYPHILIS.  THE RISK OF HPV IS  LOW IN THIS CASE.  NO RISK OF HIV, HEP B OR HEP C.

2) Do I have to wait 3 months to get a full check-up? The doctor suggested I could get one now, but some diseases might not yet show up and results would only be clearer 3 months later. How soon can I get tested for the various diseases listed in Q1 above?

NO, YOU CAN TEST CHLAMYDIA AND GONORRHOEA STRAIGHT AWAY.  SYPHILIS CAN BE TESTED AFTER 4 WEEKS.  I WOULD ONLY ADVICE YOU TO TEST FOR HERPES IN CASE YOU WERE TO DEVELOP SYMPTOMS SUCH AS A PAINFUL BLISTERY RASH ON YOUR PENIS.  NO NEED TO TEST FOR ANYTHING ELSE.

3) Could I possibly pass anything to my girlfriend through kissing, oral sex and sharing food/drinks? I’ve read that kissing and sharing food/drinks should be ok, but I’m worried I might unknowingly pass something to her when receiving oral sex.

YES, IF SHE PERFORMS ORAL SEX ON YOU, SHE WOULD BE AT RISK. NO RISK WITH KISSING OR SHARING FOODS.

4) Is it possible that I might carry an STD bacteria/virus and not suffer any symptoms (and thus not know unless I get tested), and at the same time pass it to my girlfriend?

YES, CHLAMYDIA AND GONORRHOEA CAN BE SILENT.

Best wishes,
Dr José
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Dear Dr Jose

Thank you for your response. I have some follow-up questions. For each of the STIs you've listed above that I could have contracted, that is, Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia, Herpes and Syphilis, I'd like to ask so I can further understand my circumstances:

a) Given that the receptive oral sex lasted for less than half a minute, what is the transmission probability for each of the 4 STIs? Is the transmission probability higher/lower given that the contact was of a heterosexual nature? One of the responses I received from the free community forum mentioned that given the very brief nature of the unprotected oral contact (no ejaculation), it is not likely that I caught any STI.

b) From what I've read online, the periods within which the first symptoms for each disease could appear are as follows: i) Gonorrhoea: 2-10 days; ii) Chlamydia: 1-3 weeks; iii) Herpes: 2-10 days; and iv) Syphilis: 9-90 days. Is this accurate? From your response earlier, I've understood that I could carry the Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia bacteria even if there is no symptom. As for Herpes and Syphilis, if I display no Herpes symptom after 10 days and no Syphilis symptom after 90 days, give or take a few days, does that mean that I don't have either disease?

Hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you.
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