Misinformation is more dangerous than a lack of information. People easily believe what they do not know about and this is why sexually transmitted diseases are still taboo in India. Most people shy away from talking about intimate health and sexual problems. Due to this, several misconceptions related to STDs have surfaced. This article clears 5 common myths about sexually-transmitted diseases.
Myth #1 Oral sex cannot cause STDs
When talking about intimacy, this is one misconception that most people believe. Oral intercourse is considered to be safe in terms of transmission of STDs while is it actually not. Unsafe intercourse be it of any type is risky. It can cause various STDs like genital herpes, human papillon virus (HPV), syphilis, gonorrhoea, etc. Besides, the maximum risk is of throat cancer.
Myth #2 Older people cannot get STDs
As per Dr. Aruna Kalra, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram, the second biggest myth is that oral people are safe from STDs whereas the truth is that they are at equal risk as younger people. They can also get STDs due to unsafe intercourse. There are several factors that increase the risk and older people are comparatively lesser prone to these diseases than the young generation. Other than sexually-transmitted diseases, older women may also suffer from cervical cancer if they involve in an unsafe course. Women who have gotten infected with HPV are highly likely to get cervical cancer. Also, women usually stop regular screening after a certain age which is why they don’t come to know about cancer on time.
Myth #3 No symptoms of STD means no risk of transmission
If a person is not showing any visible symptoms of a disease doesn’t mean that he/she is not infected. There are many cases where a person had an active disease but they didn’t show any signs of confirmation. The most common example is of herpes where people can carry the disease that may transmit to the partner. This is why safe intercourse is a must always.
Myth #4 Only men need to use contraception
As we are evolving, we need to understand and accept some basic things like not men are designated to bring and use contraception during the intimate session. Women are equally responsible to use contraception to prevent STDs. In instances where spontaneous urge occurs but neither of you is carrying protection. This could be embarrassing and mood-spoiling. Therefore, women should also take the responsibility to keep contraceptives to avoid such situations and keep themselves safe.
Myth #5 STD is identifiable in regular health check-ups
A lot of people think that the doctor would come to know about any sexual disease during the check-up. It is not true. STDs need proper diagnosis and this is why it is advised to go for a special screening at regular intervals to avert the risk. Timely diagnosis can help in treating the condition before it reaches the extreme level.
These were the five most common misconceptions about STDs. It is high time to create awareness as cases of STDs are increasing rapidly. There are several methods of contraception. Choose either but ensure safe intercourse to stay healthy and protected from STDs.
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