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13/09/2022

Sexually Transmitted Infections(STIs): 5 Common Myths and Facts

Are you having unprotected sex? Have you taken precautions to reduce the chances of contracting STI?

As per the reports of the World Health Organization, more than a million, Sexually Transmitted Infections(STIs), better known as Sexually Transmitted Diseases(STDs) or Venerable diseases (VD), occur daily.

Here are a few myths regarding STIs, unlatched.

Myth: People with lots of sexual partners only gets STIs.
Fact: You may get STI if your partner is infected, irrespective of the number of times or sexual partners. STI passes through unprotected vaginal, anal, oral sex, or genital contact. Make sure to take steps to protect yourself and your sexual partner. Take your HIV test in Dubai.

Myth: Condoms defend against all kinds of STIs.
Fact: Using condoms may help you considerably reduce the risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases; however, they are not a hundred percent effective as STIs like Herpes or Genital warts can spread with mere skin-to-skin contact.

Myth: Oral sex does not transfer STIs.
Fact: Intercourse is not the only way STIs get transferred. STIs like Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes, and HPV spreads through oral sex as well. For instance, HPV caught through oral sex leads to warts in the throat and head/neck cancers, while HPV transferred through the genital area leads to genital warts and cervix/vagina/anus/penis cancers.

Myth: Older adults are not at risk of catching STIs
Fact: It is a fact that younger people are more prone to STIs, as they are more unlikely to seek medical care and likely to have multiple sexual partners. But that doesn’t make older adults privileged in terms of risk. They have comparatively weaker immune systems and thus are more prone to infections.

Myth: STIs transmit through toilet seats.
Fact: Sharing toilet seats does not transmit STIs. They only transfer through skin-to-skin/ sexual contact or via other associations with body fluids through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. However, stay informed and take precautions like STD testing in Dubai.