Sure! I hesitate to present “common sense” as scientific fact, since it sometimes turns out to be wrong or incomplete. And the scientific articles I was reading about oral gonorrhea were themselves hesitant to put forth explanations that didn’t have a basis in experiments — so they, too, might be accused of not knowing about the mechanics of fellatio vs. cunnilingus. But I’ve been learning a lot over the years about bridging the communication gap between the cautious language of scientists and the everyday way laypeople use and understand language, and am always striving to do better.
How do I tell my partner? Telling a partner can be hard, but keep in mind that most people with an STD don’t know they have it. It’s important that you talk to your partner as soon as possible so she or he can get treatment. It is possible to pass gonorrhea back and forth, so if you get treated and your partner doesn’t, you may get infected again.
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