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7 Common Myths about Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections ...

By Marquitta

Believing myths about STDs can be a dangerous and maybe even fatal mistake. It's extremely important to know truth, especially when it comes to your health. The occurrence of sexually transmitted diseases and infections is unusually high in the United States. They're so widespread, yet there are so many thing people still don't know about them. I'm sure you know the basic facts, such as STD or STI stands for sexually transmitted disease or sexually transmitted infection, but what about the facts that aren't so basic? If you want to be sure that you've gotten your facts down, keep reading to find out the common myths about STDs.

1 "Birth Control Pills Prevent STDs"

Fact: Birth control pills do not provide protection against STDs. Birth control pills are very effective when used for the prevention of pregnancy by stopping ovulation. However, they can't block the sexual organs and fluid contact that the STD pathogens are transmitted through. This is one of the myths about STDs, many people believe!

2 "a Person Can't Get an STD by Having Sex Only Once"

Fact: It only takes one time with someone who is infected to get an STD. Your body doesn't care if you're out having a great time, or you're in the mood. You and your partner should first get checked before you decide to have sex, because that one time could be dangerous to your health.

3 "Anyone Who Has an STD Will Show Signs of It"

Fact: "Many STDs have no symptoms early in the infection. Others have symptoms that come and go. Symptoms of AIDS my not show up for 10 years or more." That's why it's important to get checked out. You're not a doctor, so you can't wait til you're in the bedroom to look for signs. STDs or STIs can be invisible, but your body won't think so.

4 "a Person Cannot Get More than One STD at a Time"

Fact: It is definitely possible to get plenty of STDs, especially if one is transmitted that causes open sores, which increases the risk of getting others!

5 "if a Person Gets an STD Once, He or She Cannot Get It Again"

Fact: There is no immunity. It's possible to get an STD over and over again. STDs aren't like the chicken pox; they are pathogens that our bodies can't fight and get used to over time.

6 "if Symptoms of an STD Go Away, a Person Does Not Need to See a Doctor"

**Fact: **The disappearance of the symptoms doesn't mean that the infection itself has disappeared. It's important to see a doctor if you have symptoms of an STD or STI. It's tempting to turn a blind eye when symptoms disappear, but don't. See a doctor and get treated as soon as possible.

7 "STDs Can Only Enter the Body through Genitals"

Fact: The pathogens causing STDs can be transmitted through body openings, sores, or cuts. Safe sex is important, but it's also important to practice good hygiene overall. Keep sores and cuts covered or out of contact with an infected person's bodily fluids.

Most sexually transmitted diseases and infections are preventable through methods such as abstinence, sexually fidelity, and the avoidance of drug abuse; and now that you know some myths and facts about STDs, you can share them with others and refer to them when you need to. I hope you found this article helpful. Does anyone you know believe any of these myths? Which ones? Which myths and or facts surprised you?

Sources: Pruitt, B. E., Crumpler, K. S., & Stith, D. (2001). Prentice Hall health: skills for wellness (3rd. ed.). Glenview, Ill.: Prentice Hall.

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