Busting Sex Myths

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April 4, 2008

A recent survey of Florida teens found that some teens believe surprising myths about pregnancy and HIV. Let’s put these myths to rest right away.

Myth: Drinking a capful of bleach will prevent HIV infection.

BleachFact: Drinking bleach DOES NOT prevent HIV infection. Only abstinence—choosing not to have oral, vaginal or anal sex—will prevent the transmission of HIV. And if you’re going to have sex, latex condoms and Sheer Glyde dams—when used correctly each and every time you have oral, vaginal or anal sex—are highly effective at preventing the spread of HIV. Bleach is toxic and will send you to the hospital if you drink it!

Myth: Drinking Mountain Dew will prevent pregnancy.

Mountain DewFact: Drinking Mountain Dew DOES NOT prevent pregnancy. Only abstinence—choosing not to have oral, vaginal or anal sex—is 100-percent effective at preventing pregnancy. And if you’re going to have sex, latex condoms—when used correctly each and every time you have sex—and hormonal birth control methods like the Pill can prevent pregnancy.

Myth: Smoking marijuana will prevent pregnancy.

MarijuanaFact: Smoking marijuana DOES NOT prevent pregnancy. Only abstinence—choosing not to have oral, vaginal or anal sex—is 100-percent effective at preventing pregnancy. And if you’re going to have sex, latex condoms—when used correctly each and every time you have sex—and hormonal birth control methods like the Pill are highly effective at preventing pregnancy. Smoking pot causes memory loss, damages lung tissue and increases the likelihood that you’ll experiment with harder drugs.

If we had better sex ed, teens would be less likely to believe in these outrageous myths! Let’s hope that Florida lawmakers pass a bill requiring comprehensive sex ed in schools. Teens need and deserve accurate sexual health info!

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