STDs are a taboo subject for a lot of people. Many people do not feel comfortable discussing this subject with their partners or children, which leads not only to a proliferation of misinformation, but of STDs themselves.
The best way to protect yourself from STDs is to get the facts and bust the myths. ARCpoint Labs is here to help you do just that.
Separate STD Fact From STD Fiction
Sometimes it’s hard to get accurate information about STDs from friends or family members. There is also a lot of false information online. No wonder so many people buy into STD myths. But learning the truth is the first step in protecting yourself and others from infection. Let’s take a look at some of the most common STD myths.
Only certain types of people get STDs
False. STD infection can happen to any type of person. Some people even contract STDs through non-sexual means, like a needle stick. It is also possible for a mother to infect her baby with an STD like syphilis during pregnancy. STDs can infect all types of people, regardless of gender, race, age, or socioeconomic status.
It’s possible to catch an STD From a toilet seat
False. Because viruses and bacteria do not live outside of the body for very long, it is believed to be almost impossible for you to contract an STD from sitting on a toilet. Further, most STDs are not present in urine, so this makes it even harder for you to catch an STD from a toilet seat.
If you or your partner have an STD, you’ll know
False. Many STDs do not have symptoms that are visible. So you or your partner might look totally normal and still be infected. And you may not feel any different if you have an STD because many of them have no symptoms or very mild symptoms. 75% of women who have chlamydia do not have any symptoms at all. This is why regular STD testing is so important.
Two condoms are better than one for preventing STDs
Condoms are designed to be used singly. If you double up, you can actually cause friction that increases the chances that the condom will break. Similarly, the male condom should never be used in conjunction with the female condom because of increased friction and risk of breakage.
Get the Facts About STD Testing at ARCpoint Labs
The more you learn about STDs, the more you realize that regular STD testing is essential for good health. You can lower your STD risk by utilizing STD testing services by ARCpoint Labs! Our nationwide walk-in facilities are always inviting, and results are always accurate and confidential.
To learn more about our STD testing services, find your nearest ARCpoint Labs today.