It's a long story - but in a nutshell, I am a bicurious guy in my 30s and around 5 months ago I had a casual relationship with 2 other guys which involved ('only') oral sex, giving on one and receiving by the other.
I then developed some irritation in my penis and visited the STD clinic. Visits showed there was some NSU due to presence of something called polymorphs indicating infection - but all results for Chlamidia, Gon, HIV, Syph negative. I have been back and forth with persistent irritation in my pensi and a sore throat. Over the weeks I have been treated with Azitrhomycin (4 tablets in one go); Doxycycline for a week; Azithromycin and Metrondiazole for a week and then repeated again for a further 5 days. Eventually there was no sign of polymorphs on testing and latest 12 week tests continute to be negative for everything.
The problem - For last four months Ive had a persistant sore throat and shooting pains under one side of my jaw. The glands in my neck mainly on one side swelled up (when I turned my head side to side I became conscious of them) and my tongue felt like id burnt it on hot coffee. My throat is still sore, and whilst the pain in my neck isn't as bad as it was, in the past week or so I now have felt like i had sore armpits and I have just found a small marble sized lump in one of my armpits. It is quite visible with some skin reddening.
I went to the clinic recently (prior the armpit symptom) and the Docs said I 100% can't have an STD, and that my symptoms are more likely to be associated with stress/guilt etc and perhaps I needed counselling instead. Im not convinced that these can cause such enormous physical changes, including the additional swollen armpit glands. How many times do I have to go to the clinic over this - ive lost count - it must already be 6 or 7 and it's 5 months on!
I know it's not good to look up symptoms on the the internet - BUT I feel I have no choice. Ive been to my own family doctor (who doesnt know about my history) and all routine bloods for mono etc etc are all clear).
On looking at many documents on the internet I came across 2 STDs that give symptoms like mine - Syphillis and Lymphogranuloma Venereum a rare STD that is a nasty variant of Chlymidia usually found in africa, asia but re-emerging in the US and western Europe. I mentioned it to my docs, esp as the man who I perfromed oral on was asian but they insisted that it wouldnt be, and that even if it had they would have picked it up in previous screens. Really? _ they only ever sampled my blood, urine and swabbed my penis. This is in my neck area. However, all my symptoms and how I got to be in this situation in my mind at least are the same as for LGV and Syphillis. I know I dont have Syphillis as the tests for this are apparently always very clear - my last check at 12 weeks was negative.
Most web sites discussing LGV talk about the problems associated with anal / vaginal / penis area infections. All sites say infection can occur orally but none of them expand on this - one or two point out that the nearest glands all swell up. All sites focus on the terrible symptoms that can develop in the anal/pubic area instead. i want info on what happens if only oral sex spread it to your throat. My STD doc said Chylamidia doesnt live easily in the throat. Numerous reports on web seem to contradict this - but the STD doc was a specialist. Testing for the Chlymidia in pubic/anal regions is easy. However - how can they test for something that may be living in the glands of my throat. A swab has been taken of my throat recently but again Im told it wont show up anything. Ive also had bloods done but I think these are only used for HIV/Syph.
I am really very scared. I dont know what is wrong - but I must have an infection of some sort due to all the symptoms, and the fact that they began shortly after the initial contact makes me feel even more sure. I need to get a clear diagnosis and get myself better as it's affecting my life in such a way that I dont think I can cope much longer. I suppose I should contact the clinic again and tell them about the lumps in my armpits - but I think I am going to hear the same story again. :-(
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