Myths and facts
There’s lots of misinformation out there about sex, sexual health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Maybe you’ve heard something you are unsure about (like, can you really get an STI from a toilet seat?) If you want to know if something you’ve heard is true or false, write to us and we may post your question (and our answer) here. You can read below to find out–what’s a myth and what’s a fact. Click on each statement to see if it is a myth or a fact.
Getting an STI
You can get an STI from a toilet seat.
You can get HIV or a STI from getting a tattoo or through body piercing.
You can’t get an STI from oral sex.
You can’t get an STI if your partner is a virgin.
The best way to avoid getting pregnant is to use a condom.
You can get pregnant while on your period.
Peeing or douching after sex protects against pregnancy.
A girl can’t get pregnant the first time she has sex.
Sex and your body
You can use a condom more than once, if you wash it properly.
Baby oil and Vaseline® are okay to use as lubricants with latex condoms.
Most women can have an orgasm through vaginal sex only.
The average penis size is about 5 to 6 inches.
“Blue balls” is a real medical condition.
It’s easy to tell if someone is gay.
Only gay men like anal sex.
All lesbians are masculine.