Sexually transmitted infections and the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) they lead to can pass from person to person and cause a lot of damage to reproductive systems and more.

STDs occur when bacteria from an STI enter the body and begin to multiply. The infection then progresses into a disease that interrupts the body’s normal functions.

You should take precautions so that you don't become infected, and if the worst happens, you would want to get treatment as fast as possible and make sure you don't pass the infection on. You especially don't want to listen to any hearsay from friends or uninformed blogs. Making sure you have the facts is important, and here are some myths that need to be debunked immediately.

Myth: Condoms always prevent STIs.

Reality: Barrier methods of birth control lower the risk of infecting someone with an STI. However, condoms can break or slide off during sex, and when that happens, exposure to STIs is possible.

HPV, a sexually transmitted infection, and syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease, are passed via skin-to-skin contact, which means a condom may not be adequate protection if the infected area isn’t covered.

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