STD misinformation- http://teens.webmd.com/features/teens-and-stds-common-myths
* Only “slutty” people get STDs – This is not true. If you’re having sexual intercourse and a person is not using a condom consistently or correctly, anyone is at risk for an STD.
* Only adults get STDs – younger people, more so females than males, are at higher risks for STDs than adults.
* A person can’t get an STD when they have oral or anal sex – Yes, you can. When exposed to bodily fluids, there is a potential risk of transmitting the infection. Getting an STD through anal/oral sex is just as high as it is for vaginal sex.
* Is it possible to get an STD from sitting on a toilet? – Actually, no. Doctors say that the organisms from the STD do not live long when outside of the human body.
* Can you get an STD when you only have sex once? – Yes. If the partner you sleep with has an STD, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea, there is a 30% chance you may get that said STD
* If you have sex in a hot tub, you won’t get an STD – Doctors do not believe that the chlorine will kill the STD infections or sperm cells.
* Two condoms or one? – Doctors believe that using two condoms at once can cause more harm than good because the friction of the two condoms can cause them to break; therefore, only use one condom
* Will I only get the same STD once? – if you were infected by a viral, or lifelong, STD… there are other strains of the same virus that could be transmitted.
* When can you catch the herpes virus? – Studies show that regardless if a person has a sore or not, they can be carrying the herpes virus. A person does not even have to show symptoms to have the herpes virus.
* If I take antibiotics, will my STD go away and never come back? – studies show that antibiotics are very effective, but if you’ve had the infection for awhile prior to receiving treatment, antibiotics may not work. As for viral STD’s (syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia), they’re harder to
treat and are not curable. If you take the necessary medication, the symptoms and virus will be less transmittable, but once you go off the medication, the virus/symptoms will intensify and the probability of transmitting the infection to your partner is higher.