STDs and STIs are sort of a scary subject because, I mean, no one really wants to get one. Some people feel so uncomfortable about that kind of stuff that they just don’t talk about it at all. And a lot of the time, you’ll find that sex education doesn’t teach you as much as it should. Obviously, this has created some myths about STDs that aren’t true at all.
When it comes to a serious issue like STDs, it’s really important to know what is a myth and what is true because knowing the difference could actually save you a lot of trouble. So what have you heard about STDs that is all one big lie? I’ll tell you. Here are 12 myths about STDs that are completely false.
Only 'Trashy' People Get STDsFor some reason, people seem to think that only "trashy" or "slutty" people get STDs. First of all, we don't call people slutty here. Second of all, that is absolutely ridiculous. Anyone who has sex is at risk for an STD! Unless you're trying to say that everyone who has sex is trashy and/or slutty, this is a myth. Source: ShutterStock
You Can't Get STDs from Oral or Anal SexIt's not true that STDs can only spread through semen or through regular intercourse. If you're having sex, whether it's oral, anal or whatever else, you're at risk for an STD. If you have any cuts or tears in your mouth or anus, STD bacteria can spread through there. Some STDs, such as genital warts or herpes, can even be contradicted simply through skin-to-skin contact. Moral of the story? Always use a condom no matter what you're doing. Source: ShutterStock
Birth Control Pills Protect Against STDsNope. The Pill only protects against getting pregnant. In fact, the only form of birth control out there that protects against STD are condoms. Source: ShutterStock
You Can Only Get The Same STD OnceIt doesn't matter if you have been cured of a case of chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis - you can still get any of them a second (and third) time if you continue having unprotected sex. Don't forget that STDs like herpes and HIV stay with you for life. STDs aren't something you can become immune to, so don't assume that that will happen. Source: ShutterStock
Lesbians Don't Have To Worry About STDsSome people think that when there is no penis involved, there is no risk of STDs or STIs. This is totally not true. While the risk may be lower for lesbians than heterosexual or gay sex, it shouldn't be taken out of the equation entirely. You can still get STDs even if you only have sex with women! Source: ShutterStock
Your Doctor Will Let You Know If You Need To Be TestedNo she/he will not. I've been going to the same gynecologist office for 10 years now and have only been asked if I wanted to be tested twice. Doctors aren't going to look at you and say, "oh, time for STD testing!" In an ideal world, they would remind you, but they usually don't since that's your responsibility to think about. Also, just because they're examining you doesn't mean they will be able to tell you if you have an STD - that's why there is specific testing. Source: ShutterStock
Pap Smears Test For STDsDon't confuse a routine pap smear for an STD test. Also, don't assume that just because your pap comes back normal, that means you don't have any STDs. While pap smears may be able to check for HPV, they don't test for STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis or HIV. Source: ShutterStock
Having Sex In A Hot Tub Means Chlorine Kills EverythingI've heard people explain unprotected sex in hot tubs by saying that chlorine kills everything and anything. Um, no. It doesn't. Chlorine doesn't kill sperm or STDs or STIs or anything like that. Sorry, but this isn't a safe place for unprotected sex. Source: ShutterStock
Every STD Has SymptomsIn a perfect world, you would immediately know when you contracted an STD. Unfortunately, we don't live in that world. The scary thing is, most STDs have no symptoms. And if they do, those symptoms can easily be confused with other things, such as a bladder infection. Source: ShutterStock
You Can Only Get Herpes When Sores Are VisibleI've heard tons of people say that you can only catch herpes when there is an outbreak - when you can see the sores. This is totally not true. In fact, a lot of people have herpes and you don't even realize it! You can spread the virus even when there are no sores, so make sure you talk honestly to your partners about this kind of thing. Source: ShutterStock
If Someone Has An STD, You'll See It and KnowLike I said, many STDs have no visible symptoms. Not only does this mean you may not know you have one, but it also means that you won't be able to look at your partner and automatically be able to tell if he or she has one. Never assume that just because everything looks good, everything is good. Source: ShutterStock
You Can Get An STD From A Toilet SeatOnce, someone told me that you could get STDs by sitting on a public toilet. I freaked out, tried to stop using public toilets (almost impossible) and had anxiety every time I did use one. Fortunately, this is just a myth. It's never been known to happen and doctors believe that this kind of thing can't survive outside of the human body long enough. Phew. Source: ShutterStock
Have you ever heard any of these? Have you ever believed any of them? What myths did I miss? Tell me in the comments.