MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT STI/STD
Myths: – STI CAN’T BE GOTTEN FROM ORAL SEX
Facts: – The chances of getting an STI through oral sex is generally less than from vaginal or anal sex, there is still a risk. The most commonly passed on infections through oral sex are herpes simplex, gonorrhea, HIV and syphilis. The infection can occur in the throat and sometimes on the lips or in the mouth as well as in the genital area. For example, HPV transmitted to the mouth through oral sex can lead to warts in the throat as well as to head and neck cancers, while HPV infection in the genital area can cause genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vagina, penis, and anus. The best way to prevent getting infection during oral sex is to use male or female condom or a dam to cover your genital area or anus.
Myths: – HAVING A LOT OF SEXUAL PARTNERS GET YOU STIS
Facts: – So many people thought it was true that people who get STIs have more than one sexual. STIs don’t have anything to do about your sexual history. They can be passed on through unprotected (without a condom) vaginal, anal or oral sex, by genital contact and through sharing sex toys – whether you’ve had sex once or 100 times. STDs are a risk to anyone who engages in sexual activity—even with only one partner one time. As long as one partner is infected, if you have sex just once, whether vaginal, oral, or anal, you can still get an STD.
Myths: – YOU DON’T NEED TO DRUGS TO TREAT STIS
Facts: – STI might not go away by itself and might cause long-term problem. And at this put your partner at risk of getting infected, even if you don’t have any signs or symptoms at the time.
Myths: – TEENS ARE LESS LIKELY TO HAVE AN STD THAN SEXUALLY ACTIVE ADULTS.
Facts: – People of all ages are at equal chances of getting infected. Teens, young adults are actually at higher risk for contracting STDs and young people are at increased risk for a variety of reasons. Teens and young adults are less likely to be married, which may make them more likely to have multiple partners and high-risk partners. They also may be more likely to have unprotected sex and less likely to seek healthcare or talk openly about their sexual activity with their healthcare professionals.
Myth: – OLDER ADULTS DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT STDS.
Facts: – STDs rates have been rising among all age groups, including a dramatic rise among middle-aged and older adults. Older adults may mistakenly believe they or their partners are not at risk for STDs and not use condoms. They may also have weaker immune systems that are more vulnerable to infection.
Myth: – YOU CAN CATCH THEM FROM THE TOILET
Facts: – The chance of catching an STI from a toilet seat is zero and that’s because all those little bacteria that live in our bodies and private parts don’t like living outside of human tissue, which is way warmer, wetter, homey and cushier than a cold hard toilet seat.