There are tons of STD myths floating around, but are they true? Here we will clear up some of the biggest misconceptions about STDs and determine what is right and what is just plain bogus.
HIV is a death sentence
HIV is not a death sentence. Due to advanced medical technology, patients that have been diagnosed with HIV are living longer, more fulfilling lives than ever before. With regular treatment, HIV patients can live normal lives and are even capable of having children that are HIV-negative.
I can get an STD from sitting on a toilet
There is no scientific evidence that proves that sitting on a toilet seat will give you some STD. Sexually transmitted diseases are contracted by, you guessed it, sexual contact (at least generally speaking). Bacteria and viruses that cause STDs typically do not live outside the body for very long and there hasn’t been a study that shows that urine or fecal matter from a toilet seat has been the cause of an STD. There are several STDs you can get without having sex though.
I’ve only slept with one partner, I can’t have an STD
Having sex with only one partner does not eliminate you from contracting an STD. Even if you yourself have only had one partner, it is still important to consider your significant other’s past sexual experiences. The only way to be 100 percent sure that you and your partner do not have an STD is to get tested by a medical professional.
I can tell if someone has an STD
This one is completely bogus! Many STDs do not have tell-tale signs or symptoms and can, on occasion, go completely unnoticed. STDs such as chlamydia and HPV show very few symptoms and can cause health-related problems if left untreated. As always, your best bet is to get tested and not assume you or someone you know is STD-free based on how well-groomed, clean or attractive he or she may appear.
I can’t get an STD from oral or anal sex
STDs can be transmitted via semen, blood, or genital contact. Having oral and anal sex will not prevent you from contracting an STD. It is important to practice safe sex at all times. Many of them are transmitted during oral sex.
I can only get herpes if my partner has an outbreak
You can still get herpes even if there are no visible signs. A herpes infection can have very few symptoms so many people can be unaware that they have it. Fever blisters, genital burning or itching, or swollen glands are recognizable symptoms, but in many cases, it is unclear that someone may be infected.