Today, many Americans are under the mistaken impression that they can get an STD by using the bathroom and sitting on the toilet.
Unless it’s an extreme case, this isn’t possible.
A survey involving 2,000 sexually-active Americans noted there were more false thinkings about STDs.
The OnePoll survey found that 34 percent of respondents honestly thought it was possible to catch a sexually transmitted disease from using a public toilet seat.
However, WebMD said STD-causing organisms cannot live on a toilet surface for a long time. The only conceivable way in which to become infected by a toilet seat is if the genital or urethral tract makes contact with the seat or you have a sore or cut where the body comes into contact with the seat.
Obviously, the chance is low.
President of the American Society for Microbiology Dr. Abigail Salyers said nobody, to her knowledge, has ever gotten an STD from a toilet seat unless they had sex on it.
The survey also found that 24 percent of people believed it was possible to catch an STD from sharing drinks with someone who has the disease.
What other points did the survey find?
Written by Mark Riegel, MD
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