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3 Myths About STDs

Published: February 25, 2015

Myth 1: If your partner has an STD, you’ll see it.

Fact: There’s often no sign that a person has an STD.

STDs often do not show any signs or symptoms. Since STDs don’t always have symptoms you can see, it is possible to carry the virus or bacteria without ever having an outbreak. In fact, 1 in 2 sexually active people will get an STD by age 25, and most won’t know it.

Myth 2: You can avoid STDs by having oral or anal sex.

Fact: Where there’s sex (oral, anal, vaginal, or even just sexual contact), there can be STDs.

Viruses or bacteria that cause STDs can enter the body through tiny cuts or tears in the mouth, anus and genitals. Some STDS, like herpes or genital warts, can spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area or sore.

Myth 3: Two condoms are better than one.

Fact: You only need one.

With the way condoms are designed, using two condoms at the same time could do more harm than good. Using two condoms could cause friction between the condoms, causing breaks and leaks. 


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