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Potential oral gonorrhea from cunnilingus

Hi. I am having some unusual symptoms after an encounter, and I’m looking for some guidance. I had protect sex with an escort on May 27th however, I performed unprotected oral on her for only a few minutes and mostly just on the surface. (If that matters).  Less than 24hours later I started to develop a sore throat, and by the next morning  I had a very sore throat with red, swollen tonsils with white spots on them. This cleared up within a couple of days with no further symptoms.   I didn’t give it much thought at the time. Then, on June 29th, (over a month later!) I again had protected sex with the same escort and again performed unprotected oral on her in the same manner.  Again, within 24 hours, I developed a very sore throat that appeared red and irritated (no white spots this time.) which again, cleared up within a couple days. This time however I have been having several lingering symptoms that seem to come and go. These include head ache and soreness and tenderness in my neck. (Which I’m guessing are sore lymph nodes.)  I also seem to feel a bit of pressure in my ears sometimes. My actual throat has not been sore since the initial couple of days. I also seem to have to clear my throat frequently when I am having these symptoms. I have read that these may be similar to symptoms of throat gonorrhea.  I have also read that oral gonorrhea is somewhat rare, especially from performing cunilingus. So I guess my questions are these!
1- Does everything I’ve described lead you to believe this could be oral gonerrhea?
2- I have also read that oral gonorrhea has the potential to clear up on its own.  I am almost 8 weeks since the Initial exposure. And the symptoms continue. I’m wondering your opinion on this.
3- is it possible these syptoms could be caused by stress and/or anxiety?  I do tend to stress a bit about the risks when I indulge in these activities and have had “phantom” symptoms in the past that have amounted to nothing. (Not these symptoms specifically, though)
I realize that testing is the only true way to know, but I am hesitant to get tested currently because I live in a small town and I have family that works in the local health unit.  And help would be appreciated!
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https://www.medicinenet.com/oral_gonorrhea_symptoms/views.htm gives a good overview. It also mentions that it doesn't always just go away. Why not get to a doctor or clinic in a nearby town for a checkup?
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No STD shows symptoms within hours, it would take at least 2 days.

Maybe there's another bacteria that she has genitally, or yeast or something, that you are getting from her that's affecting your throat, but you won't know unless you get checked out. If you can't go in your town, what about in a town or two over? The closest big city? If you are going to continue these activities, it would be a good idea to establish yourself as a patient somewhere in case you need care.
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Well, I agree with you. I have used anonymous testing centers in the past however, they are all closed due to covid right now. (Which I think is a terrible idea). To be clear my sore throats both started to hurt about 24 hours after seeing her. I thought that was fairly quick as well. Are the symptoms I’ve described consistent with oral gonorrhea?  And do you know if it’s true oral gonorrhea will eventually clear on its own?  Thanks for your help!
There are debates about whether it goes away or not, but if it does, it wouldn't be quickly.

Are urgent care centers open? You sound like maybe you're in the UK, where I know the STD centers have been closed for a long while. Can you go to an urgent care and just explain things and ask for an oral gonorrhea test and a throat culture to see if anything else grows? It might actually be better that way since you can get a broader spectrum test.

I wouldn't count on a bacterial infection clearing on its own. While it might, it also may not.

Symptoms of oral gonorrhea:

Most of the time, oral gonorrhea doesn’t cause any symptoms.

If you develop symptoms, they can be hard to distinguish from common symptoms of other throat infections.

Symptoms may include:

sore throat
redness in the throat
fever
swollen lymph nodes in the neck

https://www.healthline.com/health/sexually-transmitted-diseases/oral-gonorrhea#symptoms-to-watch-for

Just go get a test if you think you won't be able to let it go without testing. Surely, there is an open urgent care where you are.
I’m in Ontario, Canada. We have walk in clinics here but all sti’s are reported to the health unit. So even if I go to a different town, I believe they report it back to my local health unit based on my address. Thank you for your help.
Ohhhh I get it. You know someone who works at the place they report it to. Oh yeah, that's difficult. Well, can you at least start with strep? Rule that out? Don't share the story yet, and just let them know about the sore throats, and get a regular throat culture. They won't do a gonorrhea test unless specifically requested.

If that's positive, no big deal, right? And a covid test, too - get that done.
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