| Health24 – In spite of the progress in spreading awareness around sexual health, false ideas keep hanging on.
Here are the top sexual health myths that should no longer be allowed to circulate.
1. ‘You can get an STI from a toilet seat’
Please stop squatting and dripping all over the seat – you cannot get an STI from a toilet seat.
While contact with infected skin could lead to an STI transmission, contact with a toilet seat will not. This is because the pathogens that cause STIs cannot live outside the human body for long.
It’s also unlikely you’ll contract any sort of infection from a toilet seat, for the same reason. Pathogens need a way into your body, and skin that has no open wounds or cuts acts as a natural barrier.
2. ‘You cannot get an STI from oral sex’
While the risk of getting an STI from oral sex is less than from vaginal or anal sex, there is still some risk. Many STIs, including syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes and chlamydia, can be spread through oral sex.
Good news, though, the chances of giving or receiving an STI during oral sex can be lowered by using a condom or dental dam.
3. ‘Vaginas are tight or loose depending on the amount of sex a woman has had’
The “tight vs. loose” myth is fairly common. It is, however, completely untrue.
If you feel scared or uncomfortable, the walls of the vagina will naturally contract, making penetration difficult.