Sex is an important activity in most adults’ life. Besides being very enjoyable, sex also has several health benefits. Even so, if we don’t follow certain rules when we’re having sex, we can easily contact some unpleasant diseases. Unfortunately, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are still a tabu topic for many people. However, it’s essential to know which are the most popular 7 myths about these STDs.
- Sexually transmitted diseases show clear symptoms
Actually, very few of the sexually transmitted diseases how specific symptoms. This is one of the main reasons why we should completely avoid unprotected sex. If in cases of genital herpes or Chlamydia infections there are certain signs that will make you rush into the doctor’s office, gonorrhea or HIV show no clear symptoms.
- Only people with several sexual partners can get STDs.
Although the risk of getting STDs is higher for people who have multiple sexual partners, you can contact a sexually transmitted disease even if you have one stable sexual partner who carries an STD.
- You can get sexually transmitted diseases from erotic massage saloons
By definition, an erotic massage session doesn’t involve direct sexual contact. Therefore, there is absolutely no risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease at an erotic massage center. Moreover, a professional erotic massage parlor is very strict when it comes to both the staff’s and the clients’ hygiene.
- Contraceptive pills can protect you against STDs
Birth control pills, as contraceptive pills are often known, will only protect you against unwanted pregnancies. In order to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases, it’s crucial to use condoms every single time you have sex.
- Sexually transmitted diseases can be cured naturally
This is a very dangerous misconception about STDs. These diseases require specialized treatment. Moreover, you need to know that the viruses triggering these conditions aren’t completely eliminated from your body; in fact, their activity is inhibited.
- You can get STDs from public toilets
This is a myth that we often hear, but which, fortunately, has no scientific basis. Although there is a risk that, due to poor hygiene in public toilets, we may contact bacteria that trigger urinary tract infections, this is not a way of transmitting and getting STDs.
- The risk of getting STDs exists only in case of normal sexual intercourse
Few people know that sexually transmitted diseases can actually be transmitted through both normal and oral sex. Even if the risk is lower when you’re having oral sex, you can still get STDs like gonorrhea or syphilis.