You may think you know all about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but make sure you aren’t fooled by some of these common myths.
3 Common STI myths
Myth 1: You can get an STI from a toilet seat.
False! Most organisms that cause STIs can’t survive outside the human body for long.
Myth 2: You can’t get an STI from oral sex.
There are indeed some STIs you can get from engaging in oral sex. For example, an STI such as genital herpes can easily be transmitted from one partner’s mouth to the other partner’s genitals.
Myth 3: You can’t get an STI if your partner is a virgin.
This depends on how your partner defines virginity. Certain STIs such as herpes or HPV can be transmitted by intimate skin to skin contact. Your virgin partner may have contracted an STI through other means than vaginal sex.
Use a condom every time
Believing these myths can influence decisions that may put you and your sexual partner’s health at risk.
Not all STIs can be cured, so protect yourself by using a condom each and every time you have sex.
National Condom Week was a friendly reminder about our sexual health, so that we do not unwittingly put ourselves at risk in our moments of passion.
Nowadays there are many fun and sexy condoms available, from flavoured to glow-in-the-dark – there are even non-latex condoms for those with latex allergies, making it easy to have hot and worry-free sex.
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