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5 Common STD Myths (And Why You Should Get Tested)

May 6, 2017
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Sexually transmitted diseases have been around for centuries, but that doesn’t mean that everything you think you know about them is correct. Knowledge is the key to sexual health. However, there are a lot of myths about STDs that continue to make the rounds. The trained staff members at your area walk in clinics can perform STD tests for men and women so that they can make informed, responsible decisions about the well-being of themselves and their partners. Whether or not you’re currently sexually active, you should know the truth behind these five common STD myths.

  1. STDs are obvious to the eye

    A lot of people assume that if their partner has an STD, they’ll be able to spot it right away and reduce their risk of contraction. While some STDs do present noticeable signs in infected individuals, some do not. Even if you’ve contracted an STD, you may never even know it. The only way to know for certain is for you and your partner to get tested at your walk in clinics.
  2. All STDs will show up on a test

    While this is mostly true, there are exceptions. Some STDs have longer incubation periods, which means they take longer to present themselves. For instance, syphilis and hepatitis take several weeks to show up on an STD test. You shouldn’t delay STD testing because of this, but it does mean that you should be tested regularly. In addition, there’s no test for HPV in men, so even if your STD test comes back clean, you could still infect your partner with HPV without knowing it. Although HPV may go away on its own, it may lead to cervical cancer in women. This is one good reason why both partners need to have STD testing performed on a regular basis.
  3. You can’t get the same STD more than once

    STDs aren’t like the chicken pox. Even if you’ve contracted them in the past, you can certainly get them again. You can also get an STD if you’ve had sex only once. And if you’ve gotten these diseases before, you can sustain more damage if you contract them again. No one is immune to contracting an STD.
  4. You can get an STD from a toilet seat, but chlorine will kill it

    These are two of the most prevalent and bizarre STD myths. STDs are transmitted by sexual contact; they can’t live outside the body for long. No study has proven that STDs can be contracted from a toilet seat. And taking a dip in a hot tub or pool won’t do a thing, if you’ve contracted an STD. Chlorine and hot water don’t kill the viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases. The only way to know whether you’ve contracted one or to cure your STD is to visit one of your local walk in clinics for diagnosis and/or treatment.
  5. You can prevent STDs with birth control pills or by wearing two condoms

    These are both totally false. While birth control pills can keep a woman from becoming pregnant, they provide absolutely no protection against STDs. And while latex condoms can provide protection for both, doubling up on condoms will actually do more harm than good. Wearing two condoms at a time make them more vulnerable to breakage, which could ultimately lead to pregnancy or STD contraction. While it may a good idea to use two different forms of birth control, using two of the same kind will hinder more than help.

If you’re looking for reliable, inexpensive, and fast STD testing sites, local walk in clinics are a great resource. In fact, 57% of patients wait 15 minutes or less to be seen, and 80% of all visits take an hour or less. At Phoenix Urgent Care, we’re here to help keep you healthy. For more information, contact us today.