Teens and STD's Common Myths
The realities of teens and STDs
There is a certain air of ignorance about STDs among teens. There are very few who know and understand the politics of STDs i.e. whether they are likely to contract it or how it is that one contracts it, etc. Awareness is important to avoid being infected with an STD.
Oral Sex isn’t Risky
Oral sex can put you at the risk of acquiring STDs such as genital herpes, gonorrhoea, syphilis and the human papilloma virus (HPV).
You cannot contract Herpes unless it is Active
It is widely believed that one cannot contract herpes from somebody who does not have any symptoms, but only from those whose herpes is “active”. People who show no visible signs of herpes, but who have the virus can still transmit it to another individual.
A General Health Check-up can Diagnose STD
Most STD symptoms are unrecognizable, so it is difficult for a doctor to tell if you have an STD or not during a simple health check-up. You would need to go through special screening to check for certain STDs.
The risk of Herpes and Gonorrhoea is higher in Adults
According to Centers for Disease Control, a teenage woman has 30 percent risk of contracting genital herpes and 50 percent chance of contracting gonorrhoea in a single act of unprotected sex with an infected partner. The risk of contracting STDs in teens is therefore, more than it is in mature women.
HPV affects Adults ONLY
According to Centers for Disease Control, human papilloma virus (HPV) is among the most common STDs that affect young, sexually-active populations. One in six sexually active teens contracts HPV.
You can just Look and Tell if a Person has an STD
Many believe that they can just look at their partner and tell if he/she is infected by an STD or not. This, however, is untrue and unreasonable. Most STDs are asymptomatic; the only way you can figure out an STD is through medical screening.
Using Condom keeps STDs Away
Using a condom reduces the possibility of pregnancy and of catching an STD, but it is not a foolproof solution to keeping STDs at bay. Condoms do not eliminate the risk entirely that is to say, not 100 percent.
All STDs are Life-threatening
Not all sexually transmitted diseases are life-threatening. With the right treatment, most STDs can be cured. Even if you do not recover completely from an STD, you can still live with it for the rest of your life with appropriate treatment.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea will go away with Time
Both Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are treatable infections. If left untreated, these STDs can lead to infertility and other conditions such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). In women, the conditions can harm the fallopian tubes. In men, they may lead to an inflamed prostate, urethral scarring or epididymitis.