Which STD myths are true?
Are toilet seats STD hosts?
Most people have heard that affected individuals can leave STD bacteria on toilet seats, which can then get picked up by another person who sits on them. However, toilet seats cannot facilitate the spread of STDs. The only way to get infected is through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, as well the sharing of sex toys, as reported by the U.K. National Health Service.
I don't have symptoms so I can't have an STD, right?
Wrong. Chlamydia is known as the silent disease since most of the individuals who have it do not exhibit symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This poses a risk of letting the condition go untreated, which may result in serious complications. For instance, 10 to 14 percent of undiagnosed women develop pelvic inflammatory disease, and some may get a fallopian tube infection that may permanently damage their reproductive organs, which can lead to infertility.
If we both have HIV, do we still need to use a condom?
Yes. Even if both partners are infected, there are multiple strains of HIV. Depending on when you began engaging in sexual activity with him or her, you may have different strains of the virus, which is why you need a condom to prevent cross-infection.
Is using two condoms at once safer than one?
No, in fact, it's not safe at all and provides less protection, according to the Nemours Foundation. This is because two condoms cause friction between them and increase the likelihood that they may break. Most brands will even advise against this in the directions and explain how to use them correctly, which is important since they are the only contraceptive method that protects against both STDs and pregnancy.
If I have oral sex, is there a chance I could get an STD?
Yes, increasingly more infections from oral sex are being reported. The CDC reports that herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, human papillomavirus (HPV), intestinal parasites and hepatitis A can be transmitted this way.