There are many misconceptions and myths surrounding sexually transmitted diseases. At Options for Women, we don’t only help women facing unplanned pregnancies, we also want to help women make healthy, informed decisions about their health. And that means dispelling myths
- I can’t get an STD if I only have sex with one person.
Many may believe that only people who have sex with a lot of people can get a sexually transmitted disease. That simply isn’t true. In fact, statistics state that one in two people will contract an STD by the age of 25. So, it is important to know your partner’s sexual history, as well. You may have only had sex with that person, but if he or she has had sex with other people, that means you are susceptible to anything your partner has been exposed to.
- STDs cannot be transmitted through oral sex.
Skin-to-skin contact or the transfer of bodily fluids, including through either genital to genital or mouth to genital contact, can result in the transmission of an STD.
- Birth control pills can protect against STDs.
This is not true – birth control pills or other methods of hormonal birth control do not protect against STDs.
- STDs can’t be transmitted as long as you use a condom.
Condoms, when used properly and every time, can prevent the transmission of some STDs. However, if a partner has genital warts or herpes sores that are not covered by the condom, and your skin comes into contact with it, you could become infected.
- My partner would tell me if he or she has an STD.
This is not necessarily true, and not because you necessarily need to worry that your partner is hiding it from you. In many cases, infected people may not even know they have an STD. Many STDs, including gonorrhea and Chlamydia, often do not have any physical signs of infection. This is a big reason why STDs can spread quickly.
If you believe you may be at risk for STDs and have not been tested, call Options for Women today. Our free STD tests are available to men and women at our Lakeland and Bartow clinics. You can call863-393-6988 to schedule your free appointment, or visit http://www.optionsforwomenphc.com/contact-us-appointments/.