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Can you catch a sexually transmitted infection from a toilet seat?

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  1. Askari Kanzu

    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Q: Can you catch a sexually transmitted infection from a toilet seat?
    A: No, sexually transmitted infections cannot be caught from toilet seats.

    Professor Basil Donovan
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    There's nothing worse than desperately needing to go to the toilet when the only options are a service station or public park.

    You hold your breath and try not to think about the disease-causing germs that are probably crawling all over the seat and bowl – chlamydia, gonnorrhea and syphilis, to name but a few.


    But can you actually catch a sexually transmitted infection (STI), from a toilet seat?

    No you can't, according to sexual health expert Professor Basil Donovan, because even if the bacteria and viruses that can cause an STI got onto the seat, they can't survive for long after leaving the human body.

    As their name suggests STIs are most commonly spread through sexual activity, including intercourse, oral sex and, in the case of some diseases such as genital warts, direct skin-to-skin contact.


    "There's nothing very magical about STIs, they're fastidious bugs which don't like dry [conditions], heat," Donovan says.

    "Most organisms are quite fragile so don't last any more than a few minutes... because they dry out and die."

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    Hygiene hints

    But while you don't need to worry about picking up an STI the next time you need to visit a public convenience, you should still think hygiene-first while in the bathroom.

    Washing and drying your hands after using the toilet is one of the most important factors in stopping the spread of the germs that can cause digestive diseases, such as rotavirus.

    Donovan says the most important habits for hygiene are:

    • Not touching your face until you wash your hands if you have been to the toilet
    • Washing your hands with soap
    • Drying your hands thoroughly
    "Drying your hands is more important than washing them. If you wet a door knob you do a disservice to everyone because you are improving the environment in which germs can thrive," he says.

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  2. wende

    wende JF-Expert Member

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    Kuna jamaa yangu alijikuta ana kaswende from no where. Anadhani kuwa alipata from toilet or from tailo ktk guest alipolala kabda ya kuumwa!!
     
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    huyo labda ni propesa si profesa
     
  4. Askari Kanzu

    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Labda na wewe pia ni prosesa?
     
  5. MAENE

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    hapana,nakataa maelezo ya huyo pro si kweli hata kidogo, toilet ni mahala ampako kama hutakuwa mwangalifu utaondoka na MAGONJWA MENGI TU YA KUAMBUKIZA YA NGONO,haswa kwenye puplic toilets zetu za kibongo.take care!
     
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