Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a common health concern for sexually active individuals. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding STIs that can prevent people from getting tested and treated. In this article, we debunk five common STI myths and provide information about how Nao Medical can help you get tested and treated for STIs in NYC.
Myth 1: Only promiscuous people get STIs
Fact: Anyone who is sexually active can get an STI, regardless of how many partners they have had. STIs are spread through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. It only takes one sexual encounter with an infected person to contract an STI.
Myth 2: You can tell if someone has an STI by looking at them
Fact: Many STIs have no visible symptoms, which is why testing is so important. It’s also important to remember that STIs can be transmitted even when there are no symptoms present. The only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to get tested.
Myth 3: Using condoms is 100% effective in preventing STIs
Fact: While using condoms can significantly reduce the risk of contracting an STI, they are not 100% effective. Some STIs, like herpes and HPV, can still be transmitted even when using a condom. The best way to reduce your risk of contracting an STI is to use condoms consistently and correctly and to get tested regularly.
Myth 4: You can’t get an STI from oral sex
Fact: Many sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted through oral sex, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, and syphilis. It’s important to use protection during oral sex, such as a dental dam, to reduce the risk of contracting an STI.
Myth 5: STIs are curable, so there’s no need to worry about them
Fact: While many STIs are curable with antibiotics, some, like herpes and HIV, are not curable. Even curable STIs can cause serious health problems if left untreated, such as infertility and certain cancers. It’s important to get tested regularly and to seek treatment if you test positive for an STI.
How Nao Medical can help you
Nao Medical offers comprehensive sexual health services, including STI testing and treatment, in NYC. We provide short wait times, affordable prices, and a caring staff who prioritize your health and well-being. Our telemedicine and after-hours services make it easy for you to get the care you need, when you need it. Book an appointment with Nao Medical today.