There are quite a number of myths about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These myths can be quite misleading and a lot of people have been holding on to false information about STIs. STIs are very common; every year, millions of people are infected with different types of these diseases. There are more than twenty STIs and there are a large number of bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause STIs. These are some of the myths about STIs you should ignore:
- STIs cannot be contracted through oral sex
Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, syphilis and other STIs can be transmitted orally. It is possible to get STIs in the mouth or throat. Although the use of condom reduces the risk, there is still the possibility of being infected
- Urinating or douching after sex prevents STIs
HIV and AIDS, and other STIs cannot be washed or flushed away. So once a person has been exposed, urinating or douching will not offer any form of protection
- Wearing condom during sexual intercourse offers complete protection from STIs
Although latex condoms, when used the right way and every time during sexual intercourse can offer up to 98% protection against STIs, it does not completely protect a person from being infected. It is therefore possible to be infected with STIs despite the use of condom
- Contraceptives offer some form of protection against STIs
Contraceptives may well prevent pregnancy but they do not in any way protect against STIs. Women who use the pills and other forms of contraceptives should use condom to reduce their risk of STIs
Abstinence remains the best way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. While it is commonly said that it is not possible to abstain from sexual intercourse and doing so might be in fact harmful to the health. The fact is abstinence is possible and achievable.
Choosing to abstain from sexual intercourse does not have any negative effect on your sexual health and overall health. You should also note that being sexually active is not a perquisite for healthy living. To stay healthy, some of the best things you can do is to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle.