Myths and Facts About STDs

Myths and Facts About STDs

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are one of the biggest concerns of sex. Due to sexual activities, especially via unprotected sex, people are easy to get many diseases and infections. But, there’re lots of misinformation about sex, STDs or sexual health you may not know. Though you’ve only heard something you’re not sure, you still believe it. This isn’t good for your sex life. To make sure all information is right, you should read myths and facts about STDs.

Myth: STDs often have specific symptoms

The fact is many STDs don’t have any symptoms. Though you get one of them, your body doesn’t show any signs. Some people get herpes, for example, they don’t know they get the infection until their partners are infected through sexual acts. Normally, you realize herpes through some symptoms, such as burning, itching blisters. You may even feel pain during sex or urination. However, some people don’t show symptoms like that. They don’t feel any changes in the body. So, it’s better to get tested regularly to avoid STDs. Through pap smear or STI screening tests, you may know some STDs like HPV, gonorrhea or chlamydia.

 

Pap smear will show what types of STDs you get

Pap smear will show what types of STDs you get

Myth: You get an STD from toilet seat

The truth is: there is no obviously evidence about this. Bacteria and viruses are hard to thrive outside. They just love living inside human body. Thus, getting an STD from toilet seat is a difficult thing. However, you should notice that herpes can be spread through skin contact. If you and other people are sharing a toilet seat at the same time, you still have chance to get herpes from them. Besides, be careful when using the toilet in public, you may get some fungal infections from this place.

Myth: Oral sex is safe and doesn’t spread STDs

The fact is oral sex isn’t as safe as you think. During oral sex, you can give an STD for your partners or you may get from them. Not all of STDs are spread through oral sex. But there’re some infections can be transmitted through oral sex. For example, if you have oral herpes (cold sores) and have oral sex, your partner will be infected with herpes in genitals. To avoid STDs, you should wear condoms when having sex. Also, avoid performing sex if you’re in a recurrence of herpes. Though herpes can’t treated completely, medications may reduce symptoms and prevent recurrences. Antiviral drugs like Acyclovir, Valtrex and Famvir are used to treat herpes. Or you can apply Prosurx cream. It’s considered one of the best creams for herpes.

ProsurX is used to treat herpes

ProsurX is used to treat herpes

Myth: Condoms protects against STDs completely

In reality, condoms are considered one of the best protective methods against STDs. But a condom doesn’t provide 100% protection from some STDs. You also know that condoms only cover the penis, they don’t cover all area of genitals. But herpes blisters can be outside the covered area like buttocks or thighs. Your partners still have risk to get herpes though you wear a condom. Thus, you shouldn’t have sex when having herpes.

Myth: Sex is the only road that gives STDs for you

The fact is: needless to have sex, you can also get STDs. Mutual masturbation or sharing personal items will give you STDs or STIs. You may get chlamydia, syphilis, HPV and other infection from them.

Myth: Each STD has its own symptoms and you can distinguish easily

In fact, STDs have their own symptoms, but you maybe misunderstand among them. Most STDs or STIs have the common signs like burning, itch, irritation or pain during intercourse. When in doubt, you should get tested to know your infection correctly. It’s best to check out for STIs once a year or after unprotected sex.

You should get tested for STIs once a year or after having unprotected sex

You should get tested for STIs once a year or after having unprotected sex

Myth: Many STDs can be treated completely and have no recurrences or complications

The truth is: you can treat STDs easily in the early stage. But some STDs can’t be treated such as HPV and herpes. While treatments heal infections at that time, recurrences occur many times. They have long term implications. Some STDs may lead to severe issues, like pelvic pain, destroying your fallopian tubes or affecting infertility. To prevent complications, you should meet your doctor and ask for treatments to make sure you’re in clear.

Myth: STDs don’t occur for some people who are in monogamous relationship

In reality, monogamous relationship prevents you from getting STDs. But it doesn’t provide 100% protection. Due to your ages, health and gender, infections doesn’t discriminate. All- aged man and women are at risks for STIs. Especially, woman are more likely to get an STD or infection than men. As the vagina lining is thinner and weaker than the skin on the penis, it’s easier for viruses and bacteria to enter the vagina. Yeast infection, chlamydia, herpes are common STIs women may get. Thus, you still get or spread STIs though you’re in monogamous relationship.

All people are in danger of getting an STD at some points in their lives. It’s important to get more correctly information about sexual health before having sex. This protects you and your partner from getting unwanted infections. It’s suggested that you should have a conversation with your new partner before performing sex. It doesn’t sound like the romantic thing. But if your partner cares about your health, he/she will listen and engage.

 

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