Friday, March 27, 2009 | 4:09 am

Several sexually transmitted infections can cause lesions or sores in the mouth or throat.

Aphthous ulcers. At one time or another, everyone gets aphthous ulcers—those painful little ulcers that commonly occur on the inside of the lips or on the gums, last a few days to a few weeks, and then disappear on their own. Many people confuse these with herpes lesions, but they are different. Although the cause of aphthous ulcers is not known, they are not transmitted sexually.

Cancer. Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the mouth, but the most common location is under the tongue. It is much more common among smokers or people who chew tobacco. The most common symptom is a painless, nonhealing sore or ulcer in the mouth.

Gonorrhea and chlamydia. Although they cannot be transmitted by kissing, gonorrhea and chlamydia can develop in the throat in someone who performs oral sex on a partner who has an infection in the genital area. Infections such as these in the throat are more common in a woman or man performing oral sex on a man (where there is penis-to-throat contact) than in a man or woman performing oral sex on a woman. These infections usually do not cause symptoms in the throat. Occasionally, though, there can be a sore throat and redness and white or yellow patches on the back of the throat. These symptoms are similar to those of a “strep throat,” caused by a bacterial group called the group A streptococci, which is not sexually transmitted. However, the treatment is different for streptococcus and the STDs, so testing must be performed to reach a definitive diagnosis if a person with a sore throat has a history of performing unprotected oral sex.


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