Sexual Health Mythbusting Vol. 1

Updated: Oct 24

The following myths and facts aim to address common misconceptions about sexual health.


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🦄 Myth: I don’t have sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) because I am healthy and don’t have any symptoms or physical signs.


👩🏻‍⚕️ Fact: Most STDs are asymptomatic, meaning they have no signs or symptoms. Even with no symptoms, however, you can pass the infection to your sex partners. So it's important to use protection, such as a condom, during sex. Asymptomatic STDs are also more common in individuals who received incorrect treatments, such as those who were self-medicated with antibiotics, or those who did not follow a prescribed antibiotic treatment.



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🦄 Myth: I cannot get an STD because I use condom during sex.


👩🏻‍⚕️ Fact: Not all STDs are spread through semen, so a condom may not be the magic shield you thought it was. An STD that can be spread through skin-to-skin contact is not going to be protected by a condom. Regular STD screenings can identify an infection before you pass it on to others, and allow for it to be treated before it gets serious.



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🦄 Myth: I cannot get STDs because I don’t have penetrative sex.


👩🏻‍⚕️ Fact: STDs can spread from skin-to-skin contact and through bodily fluids. This means you can catch STDs from having any type of sex: penetrative vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex, hand job, sharing sex toys you name it. STDs could also spread through kissing, and through other less intimate actions like sharing utensils, lip balms, or towels.



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🦄 Myth: I cannot get STDs because I have only had sex with one partner.


👩🏻‍⚕️ Fact: It doesn’t matter if you have only ever had sex with one partner or with numerous partners. Anyone can still get an STD. Monogamous relationship won’t automatically protect you from STDs. It is possible that you or your partner got an STD in a previous relationship without even knowing it.



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🦄 Myth: I don’t have STDs because STDs are very rare, so rare that it is highly unlikely that I get it.


👩🏻‍⚕️ Fact: STDs are not rare, in fact STDs are very common that about 50% of sexually active persons have had an STD at some point in life. Every day, one million new people can transmit an STD to their sexual partner. Many STDs don’t show any symptoms, the only way to know for sure is to get tested regularly.



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References:

https://www.dsc-clinic.sg/Patient-Care/Prevention%20and%20Education/STI/Pages/STI%20Fact%20Sheet.aspx

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sexually-transmitted-diseases-stds/in-depth/std-symptoms/art-20047081#:~:text=Asymptomatic%20STIs,as%20a%20condom%2C%20during%20sex.

https://www.self.com/story/these-are-the-stds-that-condoms-dont-protect-against

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/news/sexual-health-myths-truths-fact-fiction-sti-protection-contraception

https://helloclue.com/articles/sex/stis-common-questions-and-misconceptions

https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/NextSteps-GonorrheaOrChlamydia.htm


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