The internet is a breeding ground for medical misinformation. Articles sneakily pop up—and often go viral—with under-researched findings, overstated claims, and pseudoscience about what foods to eat to prevent STIs. We look into every homemade "cure" we can think of, hoping that something will work. Once in a while, something that actually has some science behind it surfaces. Remember the claim about Listerine's supposed gonorrhea-killing powers that circulated everyone's feed back in December? In a small study which included 60 gay and bisexual men with pharyngeal gonorrhea , scientists at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre found that one minute of gargling the mouthwash was enough to reduce gonorrhea bacteria by nearly half. But does this mean we can all just mouth-douche away our potential STIs?
In the United States, STI rates continue to rise, with estimates of 20 million new STI cases developing each year, half of which are among young people 1. Can you get an STI from a toilet seat? Can you get one the first time you have sex? Does the pill protect against STIs?
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