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Sex talk: 5 myths you need to drop
"The Choice To Have Sex Or Not" - Sex Myths and Facts
Everyone's heard their fair share of sex myths, especially during their teenage years. Unfortunately, though, some myths might persist well into adulthood, affecting the way we relate to our sexual lives. Here, we debunk some of the most widespread misconceptions about sex. Well, we're here to look at the facts on these and other myths about quality time in the bedroom — and we don't mean sleep. So sit back, relax, and learn why you should try to stop worrying so much about apocryphal "facts" about sex.
Myths and Facts
You get STIs by having sex vaginal, oral or anal or by skin-to-skin touching--not from toilet seats. There can be a risk for HIV or another blood-borne infection like hepatitis B or C if the instruments used for piercing or tattooing either are not sterilized or disinfected between clients. Any instrument used to pierce or cut the skin should be used once and thrown away. Ask the staff at the parlor about their equipment.
Click on each statement learn the facts about STIs. Write to us and check back here for a answer. STIs You can't get herpes from a toilet seat. Herpes simplex virus HSV is spread by direct skin to skin contact.