There is still much confusion surrounding the topic of safe intercourse and STI’s. Many people believe it’s something that can only happen to other people. They assume it will never happen to them or their partner. This ignorance is perpetuated by the point that many people don’t know the facts about sexual health.
Unfortunately, there are stigmas around the ideas of STI’s and accidental pregnancy. STI’s are considered unclean. Unwanted pregnancies are usually assumed to target girls who are sexually promiscuous. This often makes people shy to ask their doctor’s advice about these topics. They fear assumptions will be made about their lifestyles.
In this age of technology, it is so much easier to search for advice online instead of going to a doctor. There are no consultation fees. You can also anonymously search online for topics that might feel too uncomfortable to ask in person.
People have a tendency to believe everything they read online. It will be easier to fall for anything stumbled upon if they have little knowledge about sexual health. Not all sexual health websites and blogs are written by healthcare professionals. The information given can be speculation, out of date or just plain incorrect. Let’s take a few moments to delve into some of the myths about sexual health that are circulating online. Some of these might come as a shock to you, but are based on facts backed by respected doctors.
18. You can catch an STD from a toilet seat
Many people don’t know that STD microbes don’t like to like to live outside warm human tissue. They don’t survive for long outside the body, especially not on a cold, hard toilet seat. In fact, there is very little risk of putting your parts where other parts have been before.
Traces of urine left behind on toilets is another concern for germaphobes, especially on public toilets. Have no worries if you have a normal, healthy immune system: You can’t contract an STI through casual contact with urine. It can only be transmitted through direct contact with mucous membranes.
The majority of STI’s are spread by infected blood, semen or bodily fluids. They spread when they come into contact with another person’s mucous membranes. This exchange of bodily fluids can occur during unprotected acts, especially if there are sores in the mouth when kissing an infected person.
Other modes of transmission include skin-to-skin contact and sharing of drug-related paraphernalia. Certain STI’s can spread as infestations by sharing clothing or bedding. Sometimes, an STI can be spread from mother to her unborn infant. This happens during childbirth. It also occurs when the baby drinks the breast milk of the infected mother.