Bad information about sex is bad news. It’s time for some sex facts
To raise awareness of World AIDS Day this year, we hit the streets of London and asked people to tell us about the myths they had heard about sex and HIV. We wanted to bust some of those myths once and for all.
Bad information or outright lies about sex can be bad news, especially when it comes to HIV prevention. Most new HIV infections happen through heterosexual sex—and you’d be mistaken if you think “pulling out” or wearing two condoms will protect you.
Check out some of the sex myths we heard and for the truth behind these myths:
MYTH 1: “If a guy comes in a girl’s mouth, she can get pregnant”
Fact: A girl cannot, repeat cannot, get pregnant through oral sex. Saliva immediately starts to breakdown the sperm in the mouth and then it is destroyed in the stomach. There’s no way that sperm can make it from the mouth to the uterus, where is needs to be to fertilise an egg. Careful though, you can catch a whole host of STIs from oral sex, so make sure to use a condom or dental dam.
MYTH 2: “Wearing 2 condoms means safer sex”
Fact: NO! Wearing two condoms does not make sex any safer than using one condom. Actually, wearing two condoms can generate more friction, which can cause the condom to rip or tear, this can leave a wide open space for sperm to escape and STIs to spread.
MYTH 3: “Having sex with a virgin will cure someone of HIV”
Fact: This is absolutely false. There is no cure for HIV, but effective HIV treatment exists that can help people living with HIV have normal healthy lives.
MYTH 4: “You can’t get pregnant or catch an STI if a guy withdraws”
Fact: Nah-uh. You CAN get pregnant and you CAN catch an STI even if a guy withdraws. There is no guarantee that if a guy pulls out, there will be no sperm on his penis when it goes back into a vagina. If you haven’t heard of “pre-cum”, read this article. Withdrawing does not protect you from STIs because some infections can be transmitted though skin contact.
MYTH 5: “A girl can’t get pregnant if she has sex on her period”
Fact: It’s unlikely but a girl can get pregnant if she has sex while she’s on her period. Sperm can survive inside a woman’s body for up to seven days and can be fertilised if a girl ovulates early. HIV and some STIs are more easily spread at this time.
MYTH 6: “You can tell if someone has HIV by looking at them”
Fact: Nope. When people are first infected with HIV they may exhibit flu-like symptom, but otherwise HIV has no physical symptoms and someone who has HIV can seem perfectly healthy for many years.
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