There can be a lot of stigma and embarrassment when talking about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Often this stigma prevents people from getting help and advice. It can also lead to misconceptions.
There are still some myths around how STIs can be contracted and the severity of their long term consequences. Here are five common mistakes or assumptions.
An STI can happen to anyone who is sexually active. Even if you have one partner, it is still important to consider their past sexual experiences and be open about discussing this with them.
While mostly true for men, the consequences of infections for women can be serious. Chlamydia, perhaps the most common STI, can have very damaging effects on women's health. If left untreated, it can spread to upper reproductive organs, causing inflammation and fertility issues.
Rates of Gonorrhea and Syphilis are increasing and Gonorrhea is becoming increasingly harder to treat as it is resistant to antibiotics. Although Syphilis is less common than the other STIs, the number of cases is also increasing.
Some STIs like herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), or genital ulcer diseases like Syphilis and Chancroid, are spread via skin-to-skin contact. If a condom does not cover the infected area, then a condom cannot offer protection from these STIs.
Many STIs can be passed through oral sex. For example, herpes HSV, which causes cold sores, is commonly transmitted to the genitals. It cannot be cured. Genital HPV is increasingly associated with oral HPV through oral sex transmission, as is Syphilis.
The bottom line is that an STI can happen to anyone who is sexually active. If there is any doubt around exposure, any worrying or unusual physical symptoms, we suggest you get tested.
With GOeVisit, once you have established which STI you have contracted, you can access fast, discreet treatment and get a prescription.
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