10 Common Myths About STDs That You Shouldn’t Believe

10 Common Myths About STDs That You Shouldn’t Believe

Nov 24
10 Common Myths About STDs That You Shouldn’t Believe

Babies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are the two big consequences of sex. You can be careful to protect yourself from a baby, but you may not care for the STDs. The proof is only some of people get tested for an STD. If you have sex frequently, you should get some tests because STDs are easy to get. Women, and young people are especially at risk. Thus, to make sure you have a healthy sex life and prevent STDs, you need to get more knowledge about them. There’re some common myths about STDs you shouldn’t believe.

1. All forms of birth control can prevent STDs

The truth is nope. You still have risks to get STDs if you’re on the vaginal ring or pill. But condoms are the contraception and prevent STDs effectively. Though a condom can’t help protect completely against STDs, it lowers your risks of getting them. So, even you have birth control, always use condoms when having sex.

2. You can know if you or other people have an STD

This is one of the most common myths about STD. How you can detect or know automatically if your partner has an STD while she/ he doesn’t tell you. Some people even don’t know they have gotten a disease. Not only that, some STDs like herpes and chlamydia often have invisible symptoms or none at all. For instance, you get genital herpes, and treatments can clear up all blisters. So, you think the disease is gone. But the second outbreak will occur and show no signs. How can you know the disease recur? Or as for chlamydia, you don’t have any symptoms. Then, you spread the STD to your partner without knowing about it. Thus, you can’t know if you or someone else get an STD. The only method to make sure if you get STDs is by taking a test.

The truth is you can't know you and your partner have STDs if you don't get tests

The truth is you can’t know you and your partner have STDs if you don’t get tests

3. STDs are only spread from vaginal sex

The truth is nope. All sexual activities will put you at risks of catching STDs. Vaginal, oral, and anal sex give the virus to you. For example, you may catch the HPV (causing warts on genital area and cervical cancer) through vaginal sex. But aside from vaginal sex, you can contract the virus through oral sex. Getting HPV through oral sex will increase your danger of throat cancer. Besides, you can be affected other STDs like syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and HSV by all sexual activities. Thus, try to wear condoms and use dental dam when having sex.

4. You shouldn’t worry about STDs since you’re in a relationship

This can be your first partner and you only have sex with this person. But you may not know about his or her sexually history. This will give you a risk of getting STDs even though you’re in a relationship. To avoid this, both of you should talk openly about sexual past. If it’s difficult to about the conversation, you can ask a health provider on how to solve this issues.

5. If you get tested and you’re STD free, your partner doesn’t need to get checked

The fact is your partner may have an STD that she/he doesn’t know. Even though you’re negative with STD, it doesn’t mean your partner is also negative. So, to make sure both of you should get test together.

Couple should get STD tested together

Couple should get STD tested together

6. You may get an STD from a toilet

There’s not lots of good evidence about that. Viruses and bacteria are difficult to live outside. They only like living inside the human body. So, it’s hard to get an STD from a toilet. But you also should be careful with toilets in public. Though an STD is difficult to get, fungal infections are easy.

7. You can die from an STD

It’s unlikely to die from an STD like chlamydia or gonorrhea. But these can cause serious health effects on your body. Women -especially who aren’t treated may get a pelvic inflammatory illness. It’s because the disease travels from the cervix to the genital organs. Besides, untreated STDs may cause problems affecting your danger of fertilize. If you think a baby now, you won’t let anything can damage your chances in the future.

8. Once having an STD, there is no chance for outbreaks

The truth is some STDs stay forever in your body like HPV, herpes or HIV. Others, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and vaginal infections also recur even though they’re treated. So, most of STDs can recur many times. The best thing you can do is to protect yourself with condoms. Or if you’re sexually active, try to get tested regularly.

Use condom to prevent spreading from an STD

Use condom to prevent spreading from an STD

9. Having sex in hot tub will reduce your STD risks

It’s believed that the chlorine in hot tubs will kill bacteria, but it’s not all the cases. The fact is there’s no evidence about this rumor. Having sex in a hot tube doesn’t reduce your risks of STDs. But it can put you at dangers for other infections, especially vaginal infections.

10. You may still spread the disease on antibiotics

Nowadays, medications for STDs are effective. Or you can be cured and not at risk. But you should abstain from sex until your disease is cured. You also should get tested again after being cured that can be sure that you’re not re-infected.

There’re a lot of myths out there about sex and STDs that you can’t check all of them. Thus, it’s important to ask health professions in order to protect yourself and your partner. Luckily, you only need to remember these essential truths like:

–         If you have sex, try to wear condoms

–         If you have sex, try to get tested

–         Should have sex in a relationship

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