STI Myth Busting

Sarah Mulindwa, a sex clinic nurse, separates fact from fiction when it comes to STIs.

STIs are infections transmitted by sex: be it mutual masturbation, oral sex or penetration.

There are lots of myths and misconceptions when it comes to Sexually Transmitted Infections, or STIs. 

As bizarre or ridiculous as they may seem, some misconceptions could actually increase your chances of catching an STI, while others, if put into practice, could even cause you serious bodily harm.

To separate fact from fiction when it comes to STIs, Reed Amber and Florence Bark met up with Sarah Mulindwa, a sex clinic nurse, a real expert, who’s been helping people with their sexual health for over ten years. 

Here are the most common myths busted.

Can I catch an STI off a toilet seat?

Contrary to what some people believe, it’s unlikely to catch a Sexually Transmitted Infection off a toilet seat. STIs are exactly what they sound like - infections transmitted when having sex. Whether that’s mutual masturbation, oral sex, vaginal or anal penetration.

What if someone fingered me and put a bit of semen in. Could I get pregnant?

It’s very unlikely. Even if the lady was highly fertile and the sperm were Olympic Gold Medal winning swimmers.

If I wash my vagina with vinegar after sex will it kill infection?

Whatever you do, do not under any circumstance put anything like vinegar anywhere near your vagina.

Apart from the fact it will do nothing to stop an infection or disease, it could do long term damage to what is an incredibly sensitive and delicate part of your body.

Even soaps and shower gels can cause a bacterial imbalance down there.

They are one of the most frequent causes of thrush.

I can’t get pregnant if he doesn’t come inside me, right? 

One of the most common misconceptions is that you can’t get pregnant or catch an STI if he doesn’t come inside your vagina. 

The fact is, during sex, men produce sperm well before they’ve ejaculated, so even if you use the withdrawal method as a form of contraception you can still get pregnant.

I can’t get STIs if he doesn’t come inside me?

The same goes for passing on STIs. Even if the man doesn’t come, you can still catch chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis or HIV.

As a girl you may not always know if someone has come inside you or not.  So, protect yourself against pregnancy and STIs and always wear a condom.

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