Navigating sexual health as an adult is complicated and confusing. Unfortunately, there are often many myths and misconceptions that can make getting clear and accurate information on sexual health quite difficult. We’re here to help shed light on these myths and misconceptions and to help equip you with the reliable knowledge you need to make informed decisions. Here are some of the most common myths and misconceptions about sexual health.
- 0.1 Myth: Being Sexually Active Means You will Automatically Get a Sexually Transmitted Disease
- 0.2 Myth: STDs are the Same Thing as STIs
- 0.3 Myth: You Can Tell if Someone has an STD by Looking at them
- 0.4 Myth: Only Unsafe Sex Can Result in an STD
- 0.5 Myth: STDs Don’t Affect People Who are in Long-Term Relationships
- 1 Promoting Sexual Health and Wellness
Myth: Being Sexually Active Means You will Automatically Get a Sexually Transmitted Disease
One of the most common myths about sexual health is that every time you have sexual intercourse, you’re likely to contract a STD. The truth is that there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Practicing safe sex (by using condoms) is one of the most effective ways to reduce the chances of getting certain STDs.
Myth: STDs are the Same Thing as STIs
STDs and STIs both refer to infections that can be spread through sexual activity, but in reality, the terms are not interchangeable. STDs are infections that are known to cause noticeable physical symptoms. STIs, on the other hand, are infections that may not cause visible symptoms, but can still be passed on to your sexual partner.
Myth: You Can Tell if Someone has an STD by Looking at them
It’s true that some STDs have outward symptoms that can be visibly seen, but not all STDs have visible indicators. This means that you can’t always tell if someone has an STD just by looking at them. The only way to know for sure is to get tested or ask them if they have had any sexually transmitted infections.
Myth: Only Unsafe Sex Can Result in an STD
While practicing safe sex is an important part of reducing your risk of getting an STD, there is still a chance that you can contract one even if you do take precautions. It is possible for STDs to be transmitted even if you use protection. This is why it’s important for both partners to get tested beforehand and to be aware of any potential symptoms.
Myth: STDs Don’t Affect People Who are in Long-Term Relationships
While it is true that some STDs are more easily transmitted through casual sex, it’s still possible for two people in a committed relationship to contract a sexually transmitted infection. It’s important to remember that STDs don’t discriminate — they can happen to anyone who is sexually active. That’s why it’s so important to get tested regularly and to discuss your sexual health with your partner.
Promoting Sexual Health and Wellness
Sexual health is an important part of our overall health and well-being, and it’s important to understand the truth about STDs and STIs. The best thing you can do to keep yourself and your partner safe is to take the necessary precautions and to get tested regularly. Knowing the facts about STDs is the first step in promoting sexual health and wellness.