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July 2, 2024
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Ask Dr. A: Debunking Common STI, HPV, Herpes & Yeast Infection Myths

In this eye-opening episode of SHE MD, Dr. A answers all of your sexual health questions. Mary Alice and Dr. A uncover common myths, exposing shocking truths about STIs. Discover alarming facts no one tells you about HPV and herpes, including why your typical STI test might not be enough to keep you safe from infections.

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Dr. A's Response To Common Myths

  1. Myth: If someone has been tested for STIs, they are free of all infections.
    Fact: Currently, there are no reliable tests for men to determine if they have HPV or herpes. So being told someone is "tested" doesn't guarantee they are free of these infections.
  2. Myth: The HPV vaccine leads to increased sexual promiscuity among teens.
    Fact: The HPV vaccine is most effective when given between the ages of 9 and 11, a time when children are generally not yet thinking about sexual activity. The vaccine helps prevent serious health issues like cervical cancer and does not influence sexual behavior.
  3. Myth: Genital herpes can only be spread during an active outbreak of lesions.
    Fact: Herpes can be transmitted even when there are no visible symptoms due to asymptomatic viral shedding, making it essential to use protection and consider daily antiviral medication.
  4. Myth: Condoms completely protect against all STIs, including herpes.
    Fact: While condoms significantly reduce the risk of STI transmission, they do not offer complete protection against herpes, which can be spread via skin-to-skin contact with areas not covered by the condom, such as the scrotum or labia.
  5. Myth: Yeast infections are sexually transmitted.
    Fact: Yeast infections are not considered sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, they can sometimes be passed between sexual partners. The primary causes are usually related to internal flora imbalances rather than sexual activity.