Myth #1: Oral sex is safe sex

Truth: Oral sex might not cause pregnancy but sexually transmitted infections can still be transmitted by oral sex.

Myth #2: It is easy to tell if someone has a sexually transmitted infection

Truth: It is true that someone might have symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection but not always. In many instances the only way one might know that they have a sexually transmitted infection is through testing.

Myth #3: Condoms means safe sex

Truth: It is true that the use of condoms during sex will prevent you from getting pregnant but only when you wear it properly. Pregnancy may also occur if the condom bursts during the sexual intercourse. Thus it's equally important to choose the right condom and wear it properly. Learn how to use a condom [link to Condom Use page]

Myth #4: Only gay men can have get HIV

Truth: Anyone who is sexually active can get HIV or a sexually transmitted infection, regardless of sexual orientation.

Myth #5: Pulling out before ejaculation is safe

Truth: Men secrete fluid before the ejaculation phase and women also secrete the vaginal fluid during arousal, and this exchange of fluids might not cause pregnancy but can cause sexually transmitted infections even if one pulls out before ejaculation.

NOTE: Sometimes pregnancy also might occur if sperm is present in the fluid before the ejaculation phase.

Myth #6: HIV can be transmitted through any bodily fluids

Truth: HIV is transmitted through four bodily fluids which are semen, blood, breast milk, vaginal secretions, and is not transmitted through any of other bodily fluids like urine, saliva, tears etc.


Sexual Health

Myths & Facts


Myth #1: Oral sex is safe sex

Truth: Oral sex might not cause pregnancy but sexually transmitted infections can still be transmitted by oral sex.

Myth #2: It is easy to tell if someone has a sexually transmitted infection

Truth: It is true that someone might have symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection but not always. In many instances the only way one might know that they have a sexually transmitted infection is through testing.

Myth #3: Condoms means safe sex

Truth: It is true that the use of condoms during sex will prevent you from getting pregnant but only when you wear it properly. Pregnancy may also occur if the condom bursts during the sexual intercourse. Thus it's equally important to choose the right condom and wear it properly. Learn how to use a condom [link to Condom Use page]

Myth #4: Only gay men can have get HIV

Truth: Anyone who is sexually active can get HIV or a sexually transmitted infection, regardless of sexual orientation.

Myth #5: Pulling out before ejaculation is safe

Truth: Men secrete fluid before the ejaculation phase and women also secrete the vaginal fluid during arousal, and this exchange of fluids might not cause pregnancy but can cause sexually transmitted infections even if one pulls out before ejaculation.

NOTE: Sometimes pregnancy also might occur if sperm is present in the fluid before the ejaculation phase.

Myth #6: HIV can be transmitted through any bodily fluids

Truth: HIV is transmitted through four bodily fluids which are semen, blood, breast milk, vaginal secretions, and is not transmitted through any of other bodily fluids like urine, saliva, tears etc.

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