Sexual transmitted infections (STI’s) are always a scary thing to think about. Nobody wants to be the person with chlamydia in their most recent google searches when their friend wants to use their phone. So sometimes we sacrifice education about STI’s for ignorant bliss.
But this means that we often are prone to believe myths and tales about STI’s that are not actually true, so let’s debunk some of those myths.
Only people who sleep around a lot can get an STI.
Definitely not true! If you don’t use a condom and you engage in any type of sexual activity, then you are at risk for an STI. It doesn’t matter how many partners you have had or not had.
You can’t get an STI from oral or anal sex.
If you come into any contact with another person’s bodily fluid then you are at risk for an STI. Anal sex and oral sex are still a means of swapping bodily fluids and therefore put you at risk for catching an STI.
You can get an STI from a toilet seat.
The organisms that will cause an STI cannot survive outside the body for very long so it is highly unlikely that you would be able to catch an STI from a toilet seat.
You can only catch herpes if the person is having an outbreak.
If you engage in sexual activity with a person with herpes without any protection, then you are at risk. The herpes virus sheds the virus at all times, regardless of whether or not it is showing any signs.
If I just ignore it, it will go away.
A lot of different STI’s do not show symptoms, or only show minimal symptoms that people may tend to want to ignore. However, ignoring an STI can lead to a greater infection and detrimental long term affects on your body.