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July 14th, 2021

3 myths about STDs that you should stop believing

Misinformation is far more dangerous than lack of information. People easily believe things that they may not have enough knowledge about. And, this is one of the reasons why sexually transmitted diseases are still taboo in India.

3 myths about STDs that you should stop believing

People shy away from talking about sexual health and problems. Due to this, a plethora of misconceptions related to STDs have surfaced. The hard reality is that it is a very common problem. A CDC report found that rates for sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhoea peaked since 2006. It is often women and young people who are at risk.


Myth#1- STDs can’t be spread through oral sex

When talking about intimacy, one misconception most people believe is that oral sex is safe and it won’t lead to the transmission of STDs. It is false. Unsafe sexual practice, be it of any kind is risky. It can lead to various STDs such as genital herpes, human papillon virus (HPV), syphilis, gonorrhoea, etc. Besides, a major risk is getting throat cancer.


Myth #2- Older people are immune to STDs

“Older people are at equal risk of getting an STD as younger people”
Older people are at equal risk of getting an STD as younger people

They can get STD due to unsafe sexual practices. There are several factors that increase the risk and older people are comparatively less prone to such diseases when compared to the young generation. Other than sexually transmitted diseases, older women can also suffer from cervical cancer if they indulge in unsafe sexual intercourse. Furthermore, women who have gotten infected with HPV are likely to get cervical cancer. In the end, as a thumb rule, men and women should not stop going for regular screening. They think after a certain age; it won’t affect them but it might.


Myth #3- No symptoms means no risk

If someone is not showing any tangible symptoms of a disease, it does not mean that they are not infected. There are several cases where a person had an active disease but did not show any signs of infection. The most common example is herpes, people can carry the disease and may transmit it to others. This is why safe intercourse, wearing a Manforce condom for protection is a must.

Final Note

The aforementioned were some of the most common misconceptions regarding STDs. It is of paramount importance that we don’t shy away from talking about it and spread awareness. There are several methods of contraception, and the most preferred is lubricated condoms. Opt for whatever suits you but make sure to stay safe during intercourse and protect oneself from STDs.

Disclaimer This blog solely intended for the educational/informational/awareness purposes and is not a substitute for any professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your doctor/healthcare professional before acting on the information provided on the blog. Reliance on any or all information provided in the blog, is solely at your own risk and responsibility. Mankind Pharma Limited shall not be held liable, in any circumstance whatsoever.

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