Myth Busters

Sexually Transmitted Disease Myths Busted!

Patients have a tough time discussing Sexually Transmitted Disease with their doctors

It is a hush-hush topic where the patients feel embarrassed and ashamed of discussing STD especially when they are suffering from it. It might just be helpful to bust a few STD myths that you should be aware of.

Myth 1- One cannot get STD from oral sex

You can. STD can be transferred by the contact of skin to skin, genital to genital, and oral to genital. If you are discussing with a doctor to diagnose an STD, you need to tell the doctor if you have had oral, anal or vaginal sex. The doctor would test each area separately depending on the kind of sexual activity you and your partner have indulged in.

Myth 2Using a condom protects you against STDs

This is not true. Herpes sores and genital warts can infect beyond the coverage a condom is able to provide. Both these diseases are transmitted even when a condom is worn. Substituting a plastic wrap for a condom will never work.

Myth 3- Wearing two condoms are always better than one

It may sound very protective but is totally wrong. Wearing more than one condom at a time is never recommended. If one condom is not helpful to prevent the transfer of STD doubling it would not be helpful either.

Myth 4- Taking a birth control pill prevents STDs

A totally false notion prevails as no contraceptive pill helps in preventing the transfer of sexually transmitted diseases.

Myth 5- One will always be able to know if their partner has STD

STD is such as gonorrhea or chlamydia have the same symptoms suffered in other health conditions which will not let you know if your partner is suffering from STD. To be sure that your partner is suffering from STD you need to get testing done Consulting your health provider.

Myth 6- Soaking oneself in a hot tub with chlorine will kill the semen and prevent STD

Chlorine is not a disinfectant and does not kill any bacteria that could cause STD neither does it kill the sperm leading towards conception.

Myth 7- One cannot have two STD at a time 

One can suffer from more than one STD at a time. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are generally detected together as they are bacterial infections and go hand in hand.

The above facts are helpful when you are getting tested for STDs and you have been sexually active. It is not about the kind of sex or the number of times you have had sex, it is about the risks carried in receiving and transmitting a sexually transmitted disease while indulging in the act of sex

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