MYTH: You can catch a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from a toilet seat.
FACT: Sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STI) can't live outside the body for a long period of time—especially not on a cold, hard surface like a toilet seat. Plus, they aren't present in urine, anyway (it's usually sterile), so the chances of you catching one from someone who used the bathroom before you are slim to none. What you do need to worry about, however, is what may seem like benign skin-to-skin contact. Want to learn more about how someone might contract an STI? Click here to search bacterial and viral STIs and how they are contracted: http://www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm.
MYTH: I only need to worry about getting tested if I’m experiencing symptoms of an STI.
FACT: Many STIs have no symptoms at all nor is it unusual to have more than one infection at once without knowing. STIs can be a big problem if left untreated. Even if you don’t think you have an STI, it is important to get tested routinely every 6 months if you are sexually active, especially if you have recently changed partners. If you think you may have an STI, remember to breathe…you are not alone, more than 50% of people will have an STI at some point in their lives! Become a sexual health expert and follow CDC STD on twitter using this link- https://twitter.com/CDCSTD!
MYTH: It is okay to mix alcohol and sex.
FACT: Drinking before engaging in sexual activity increases the risk of getting an STI. Alcohol clouds judgment which often means they don’t take proper protective precautions, increasing the chance of STI’s and pregnancy. In fact, too much alcohol is proven to put a damper on one’s sex drive and decrease performance. Worried about a regrettable sexual experience that involved alcohol? You might want to consider getting tested. Click here to identify the resources right here on campus!
MYTH: You cannot catch an STI through oral sex.
FACT: Chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis and HIV can all be spread through oral sex. Anyone engaging in any type of sexual activity can get an STI! It is impossible to tell if someone has an STI just by looking at them, so make sure you communicate with your partner and get tested to avoid giving or getting an infection. If you or your partner is not comfortable talking about it, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it. Want to learn more about STI prevention? Use the link below to discover the many ways to stay in control of your sexual health -
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