11 Myths & Facts about Teens & STDs
The Siren Staff The Siren Staff July 24, 2014

11 Myths & Facts about Teens & STDs


Myth: Not many teens get STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections, also known as STDs, Sexually Transmitted Diseases).giphy-14

WRONG! Fact: Teens and young adults get STIs more often than any other age group. About 3 million teens get STIs every year; that means about one-quarter of sexually active teens gets an STI every year.


Myth: The three-second rule (you don’t get germs if the physical contact is under three seconds).giphy-20

WRONG! Fact: Disease can be transmitted no matter how fast the contact.


Myth: You can only get STDs from certain kinds of sex like oral sex or vaginal intercourse.giphy (1)

WRONG! Fact: You can get an STD from any kind of sex


Myth: STDs only affect certain kinds of people.giphy-25

WRONG! STDs affect women and men of all ages, sexualities, and racial and ethnic backgrounds.


Myth: Medicine can fix any STD.giphy-1

WRONG! Fact: Some STDs, such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, usually can be treated and will go away, but others, such as HIV/AIDS can be treated, but not cured.


Myth: Condoms don’t really help.giphy-2

WRONG! Fact: Condoms—both the male and female variety—work really well at stopping the spread of most STIs when they are used consistently and correctly every single time a person has sex.


Myth: You can always tell if someone has an STD.giphy-23

WRONG! Fact: Sometimes STIs have symptoms that people can see or feel. But sometimes they don’t.  Even if you can’t see signs of infection, STIs can still be passed to another person.


Myth: Being prepared ruins the romantic mood.giphy-2

WRONG! Fact: Being prepared for sex helps you be more relaxed and make better decisions. It doesn’t matter if you’re a guy or a girl, if you’re going to have sex with someone (or just think you might) you should be ready. Have condoms with you and be sure that the person you’re with has been tested and is STD-free.


Myth: STDs can’t be transmitted if there are no obvious symptoms.giphy-18

WRONG! Fact: Even if you can’t see signs of infection, STDs can still be passed to another person. Also, some people confuse symptoms related to certain STDs with something more harmless like a common yeast infection (which is not an STD).


Myth: You can’t get STDs from just kissing.giphy-19

WRONG! Fact: Some types of STIs can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact or even just plain old kissing. This means that it’s super important to know your partner before being intimate with them.


Myth: Drinking and getting high don’t have anything to do with STDs.

WRONG! Fact: Lots of teens say they’ve done something when using drugs or alcohol that they might not have done if they were sober. Avoiding alcohol and drug use reduces the risk of contracting an STI, getting pregnant, or being coerced into having sex.

The Siren Staff

The Siren Staff

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