I’ve previously addressed what the common STDs are along with some symptoms and how to avoid them. I also emphasised the need of an early diagnosis and I’ll want to insist on it yet again because some of them could be deadly to a horrifying extent.
Today I’ll talk about some myths surrounding STDs under the pretentious garb of “facts” and how you shouldn’t believe anything thrown at you but instead resort to better understanding of any topic at hand for that matter. It not only widens your horizon and helps your mind grow, but also keeps you better informed than the others and beyond the baseless rumours.
- Only cheap people/slutty people/poor people get STDs: First of all enough with labelling, moral policing and judgments, secondly STDs are non-discriminatory and can happen to anyone involved in any sort of sexual activity. You may be kinky to the kinkiest levels or just be a vegetable in bed but if you’re involved in sexual activity, you’re prone to infections and STDs. Yes, the probability of risk in those with multiple partners rises, but they too may not get it and a person with a single experience could. So get that out of your mind once and for all.
- Only adults can get STDs: Wrong! Younger people, especially younger women are more prone to them owing to certain biological factors and it may permanently damage the reproductive system and lead to infertility.
- Oral and Anal Sex don’t lead to STDs: Wrong again, any internal part of your body exposed to sexual fluids can easily transmit the infections and diseases. I don’t even know who comes up with these and how people fall for such baseless “facts”.
- Having sex in a pool or hot tub doesn’t cause STDs: The common belief is that chlorine or hot water temperatures kill infections and sperm. However, there is no evidence to suggest that you can’t transmit STDs in these environments, besides it’s particularly unsafe to indulge in intercourse inside water given that may people in the past have got stuck with each other and needed medical intervention, around the world. So it’s a great idea at your own risk!
- Two condoms give more safety: No again, one condom is a lot safer than two for the simple reason that the friction caused between two often leads to breakage of the condom and leakage through them. Just because you think it’s safer, doesn’t defy science.