There are many myths about STIs and BBIs
MYTH: Only people who have lots of different partners are at risk.
FACT: Anyone who is sexually active can come into contact with STIs and it is possible to contract an STI during the first sexual experience. Do not assume that youth who are dating for the first time are not at risk.
MYTH: It is easy to tell if someone has an STI just by looking at them.
FACT: Having an STI is not like having the chicken pox. Many people show no symptoms and if there are any, they may not be visible. Testing is the only way to know for sure if someone has an STI and partners can only really know if they ask each other. Anyone can get tested at a sexual and reproductive health clinic, STI clinic, or doctors’ office. Testing and treatment is free.
MYTH: STIs are only spread through sexual intercourse.
FACT: STIs can be passed on through skin-to-skin contact, with no body fluids involved. Oral sex is a high-risk activity for STIs along with vaginal and anal sex without protection.