Myths and Facts About Sex

Myth #1: Oral sex is safe sex.

Truth: Oral sex is safer if you choose to engage in sexual activity, but sexually transmitted infections can still be transmitted by oral sex due to the exchanging of bodily fluids.

Myth #2: You can 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. The only way one might know that they have a sexually transmitted infection is by getting tested.

Myth #3: Condoms means safe sex.

Truth: The use of condoms during sex will indeed prevent you from getting a sexually transmitted infection and keep you from getting pregnant but only when you use them properly. Pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection may also occur if the condom breaks during sexual intercourse. Thus, it’s important to choose the proper condom and wear it correctly.

The proper steps to using a condom:

Myth #4: Only MSM (men who have sex with men) can get HIV.

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

Myth #5: Pulling out before ejaculation is safe.

Truth: Men discharge bodily fluids before the ejaculation phase and women also produce vaginal fluids during arousal, and the exchange of bodily fluids could cause pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections even if one pulls out before ejaculation.

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 other bodily fluids like urine, saliva, tears, etc.