Safer Sex Myths STD Prevention

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By Dr. Ravindra B Kute, Sexology

Safer sex is practiced between two people when they’ve taken the required precautions to prevent STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) and pregnancy. It is also known as safe sex or protected sex. Some STDs that can be prevented by engaging in safer sex are HIV, syphilis, Chlamydia and herpes.

However, safe sex has its own share of side effects circulating around it. Listed below are a few myths related to safe myths, debunked:

  • Myth: You can’t get an STD when you engage in oral sex

Fact: It is a very popular myth which says that you cannot get a sexually transmitted disease when you engage in oral sex. If oral sex is practiced without taking the necessary precaution (read dental dams), you are mighty likely to contract STDs if your partner happens to be infected.

  • Myth: You can’t get STDs when you are on your periods

Fact: Not using protection while having sex during periods actually yields higher chances of STDs because the blood makes it easier for STDs to travel and infect your partner. Thus, it is important to use protection irrespective of when you are having sex.

  • Myth: You cannot get an STD if you are a virgin

Fact: You are considered to be a virgin unless you engage in vaginal intercourse. However, a sexually transmitted disease can be passed on when you engage in oral or anal sex as well. Thus, you need to use protection while engaging in any form of sex.

  • Myth: Wearing two condoms is safer

Fact: This is an absurd myth which is even practiced by people to make vaginal intercourse extra safe. However, this can prove to be very unsafe as it increases the chances of breakage because the two condoms rub against each other during sex, thus creating friction. Hence, condoms have a higher chance of breaking when there’s too much friction. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a sexologist and ask a free question.