STD Myth Exposed: You Can Only Get An STD From Semen



There is a great deal of incorrect information in the world about sexually transmitted diseases. Some of this is due to the lack of sexual health education in schools around the United States. Some of this information is due to the internet’s ability to spread misinformation without citing sources. Many people find themselves getting their lessons in sexual health from online forums and websites created by people who do not have the facts. This leads to the spread of STD myths.

Today, we’re going to look at one common STD myth that has been popping up around the internet. Many people believe that STDs can only be spread through semen. This is not correct. STDs can be spread in numerous ways and we’re going to take a look at some examples.


Infected Skin or Mucous Membranes

Some STDs can be spread through skin-to-skin contact or contact with mucous membranes of a sore. For example, herpes can be spread from the mouth to other parts of the body. It is possible to spread oral herpes to a partners genitals through the act of oral sex, anal sex and vaginal sex.



Many common STDs can be spread through exposure to blood. HIV is an example of this. If you are exposed to the blood of a person who is currently living with HIV, you are at risk of contracting the infection. HIV can be spread through both blood and sexual fluid. This means it is possible to spread HIV through oral sex, anal sex and vaginal sex. Some sex acts, such as anal sex, put a person at higher risk because of the higher chance of torn tissue which leads to a higher possibility of blood exposure.


Sexual Fluids

Yes, STDs can spread through semen. They can also be passed through vaginal fluids. Common STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and many others can all be spread through sexual fluids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the use of latex condoms when engaging in sexual activity to deter the spread of STDs.
If you are sexually active and are concerned that you may have been exposed to an STD or HIV, you consider having STD testing performed. Many times, there will be no signs or symptoms of an infection and testing can be the only way to determine the current status of your sexual health. There are many options for convenient and affordable testing in your area.

Article by Robert Francis Curtis

Robert studied at Columbia College Chicago. He has worked as a Care Adviser here at Analyte Health for a while and looks forward to spreading more information about sexual health.

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