From naïve statements like, “I don’t sleep around so I won’t catch anything,” to engaging in risky sexual behaviors like “just the tip,” to believing downright ridiculous stuff like “HIV is not a big deal because there’s tons of medication to keep me alive,” some people have let irresponsibility and downright ignorance guide their sexual practices. And having these kinds of beliefs and practices is a very scary thing, considering that while blacks only make up 14 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 50% of HIV/AIDS cases- as well as a disproportionate amount of STD infections when compared to the general population.
As a physician, and Black woman, I find this to be very alarmingly. In this day and age, the stakes are too high not to know about the implications of risky sexual behavior and beliefs. There are many myths about sex and sexual health. And I’m going to dispel a few of them. Here are six sex myths that increase your risk of catching an STD.