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Myths about Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sex and Relationship education (SRE) is mandatory as proposed by cross – party education select committee in both primary and Secondary Schools. The SRE should train how to have protected sex and prevent a person from Sexually Transmitted Infection. Under 25 Young people group are the most susceptible to Sexually Transmitted Infections. Hence the group should be trained and they should be equipped with knowledge and skills to safeguard their sexual health. In this process of learning we must know about the myths surrounding sexual health and sexually transmitted Infections. So here they (Myths) are:

1. People with lot of Sexual Partners only get sexually Transmitted Infections: STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) does not depend on how many times or with how many partners you have had sex. STIs happen through various contagious ways. It can happen if you have had unprotected sex only that one time. So whatever may be the count if protected sex is practiced STI cannot take place. One more thing STIs don’t only affect young people. Diagnoses are on the rise among people over 45.

2. Symptoms of STI affected people are obvious: Wrong, you cannot say just by symptoms like rashes, lumps or unpleasant discharge that a person has STI. In fact STIs does not have any obvious signs or symptoms at all initially at least. So one must be tested for STI to confirm. Even if you don’t have any signs or symptoms it’s a good idea to get tested if you’ve had unprotected sex (without a condom).

3. Treatments are very effective these days: Wrong (partially) because even if treatments are effective but after treatment viruses remain in the body sometimes. Hence even if treatment is done, it is better to prevent and not get the STI in the first place. Some viruses like genital herpes and HIV can be treated but remain in the body. Also some STIs, such as gonorrhea become resistant to antibiotics.

4. It’s a persistent myth but getting an STI from a toilet seat isn’t something to be concerned about. STIs are passed on through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, by genital contact and through sharing sex toys. Some STIs, such as pubic lice, can also be spread through skin-to-skin contact or sharing clothes, towels or bedding.

 So if you have to keep away from STIs then prevention is better than cure and the above myths should be kept in mind to have effective treatment for STIs.

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