Have you ever been to a public toilet, and while defecating or doing something, toilet water splashes on you? Is it your first time being in a public restroom? Do you fear that by just sitting on a toilet seat in a public bathroom, you may have contracted an STD?
Like I always say, health is wealth. In as much as we live and do our everyday activities, we should always be in good health. A sick, bedridden man may not have the opportunity to make money like others.
However, there are many diseases one can get from the toilet. We all know what we do inside the bathroom. The feces we deposit inside the toilet is highly infectious.
In my previous article, I explained whether it’s good for dogs to drink toilet water with poop. You can go ahead and check out the post. Meanwhile, I’ve seen a dog, not just one dog, but several dogs, eat poops without getting sick. The reason is that dog’s system is not like ours. Their system is better at fighting germs.
However, the question is, can you get STD from toilet water splashing and toilet seat?
The answer is no. You cannot get an STD from toilet water nor toilet water splashing on you. Also, you cannot get an STD from a toilet seat. The reason is that STD is a s*xually transmitted disease contracted by having unprotected s*xual intercourse with an infected person. It is not something you get from the toilet or toilet water.
What is STD
As reiterated earlier, STD is a s*xually transmitted disease. It can as well be called s*xually transmitted infections (STI) or Veneral Disease (VI). While some STD is minimal, others are fatal. While some are curable, others cannot be cured but can be managed.
Nevertheless, the fact that STD is a s*xually transmitted disease does not mean that s*x is the only way STDs are transmitted. There are many other ways one can get STD such as sharing needles and breastfeeding. Though it depends on the type of STD.
There are several types of STD but before we discuss that, let’s talk about some of its symptoms. It is important to note that, depending on the type of STD it is, the symptoms vary from men to women. A man will develop a different type of symptoms while a woman develops a different type of symptoms.
Symptoms of STDs in Men
While it is possible to have an STD without showing any sign or symptoms when the sign does come, it can include:
- Bleeding from the p*nis or unusual discharge
- Painful or swollen testicles
- Pain during s*x and urination
- Bumps, sores, or rashes around the p*nis, testicles, anus, buttocks, thighs, or mouth
Symptoms of STDs in Women
Just like men, a woman may not develop symptoms but when it finally comes, it includes any of the following:
- Itchiness in or around the v*gina
- Unusual discharge or bleeding from the v*gina
- Sores, bumps, or rashes on or around the v*gina, anus, your buttocks, thighs, or your mouth
- Pain or discomfort during s*x
Types of STD
There are many types of s*xually transmitted diseases (STD). They include:
- HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
- Pubic Lice (Crabs)
HIV is one of the deadliest STD ones can get. The reason for this is because HIV can destroy one immune system and leave the person at the risk of contracting other viruses or bacterial including cancers. Someone with HIV may not know he has HIV until after some time. At the initial stage, the person will develop some or any of these symptoms below:
Symptoms of HIV
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Aches and pains
Be that as it may, people easily mistook HIV symptoms to be flu or malaria. The truth is that after some months, these first symptoms listed below will disappear and the person will go on and live his life with no symptoms until it’s too late. That is why it is good to always run an HIV test once a year. You don’t necessarily need to develop any symptoms before checking yourself out.
It is also important to remember that HIV has 3 stages with AIDS being the last one. Trust me, you don’t want it to develop into AIDS. The worse part of HIV is that it does not have any cure yet, however, it can be managed. As long as an HIV patient notices it on time and starts taking his medication accurately, he will live long as people without HIV.
Chlamydia is another type of s*xually transmitted disease caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia. This is one of the most popular STD in the United States. One good thing about Chlamydia is unlike HIV, chlamydia can be treated. Antibiotics can easily treat the infection, all you have to do is to visit a doctor.
Symptoms of Chlamydia
- You may develop pain in your lower abdomen
- Discharging of yellow or green discharge from the p*nis or v*gina
- You may start to have pain or discomfort when having s*x or urinating
- It will lead to infection of the urethra, prostate gland, or testicles if left untreated
- It may also lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility if left untreated
3. HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
This type of virus can only be transmitted through skin to skin s*xual intercourse with an already infected person. To avoid this type of infection, make sure to always have a protected s*xual intercourse. While some HPV is not dangerous, there is some type of HPV that is very dangerous because some strains of the HPV infection can lead to cancer.
List of Cancer Caused by HPV
- Rectal cancer
- Oral cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Vulvar cancer
- Penile cancer
HPV has no treatment yet. It is a type of STD that clears on its own. The question now is, what happens when HPV fails to clear on its own? There are several medications developed that can protect one against HPV. These medications are HPV 16 and HPV 18.
Syphilis is also an STD, a bacterial infection caused by unprotected s*xual intercourse between an infected person. Even though Syphilis can be treated, one bad thing about it is that it is usually not noticed at its early stage.
However, when you finally notice any symptom, the first symptom you will see is a small round sore which is also called a chancre. It usually developed either on your anus, mouth, or genitals and it’s not painful at all. Other symptoms of Syphilis include:
Symptoms of Syphilis
- Hair loss
- Weight loss
- Joint pain
Symptoms of Syphilis When Left Untreated
- When left untreated for a very long time, syphilis can develop into heart disease
- It can lead to death
- It can lead to mental illness
- It can lead to infections of the brain
- It may lead to infections of the spinal cord
- It may also lead to loss of vision
- It may develop to loss of hearing
Gonorrhea is another common type of STD. Just like Syphilis, many people will Gonorrhea may not develop any sign at the early stage, but when the sign finally comes, they include any of the following:
Symptoms of Gonorrhea
- You will start to experience more frequent urination than usual
- You will start having itching around your genitals
- You will start discharging white, yellow, beige, or green colored something from your p*nis or v*gina.
- There will be pain and discomfort during s*x
- If left untreated can result in infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, infections of the urethra, prostate gland, or testicles.
Is it Possible to get STD From Toilet Water, Toilet Water Splashing and from Toilet Seat
It is not possible to get STD from toilet water, or toilet water splashing on you, or from the toilet seat. Somebody can only contract any of these types of STDs listed and explained above by having an unprotected s*xual intercourse with an infected person, not something you can get from the public toilet.
However, you can get various other toilet infections from toilet water, toilet water splashing on you, or toilet seat, but non of them involves any of the types of STDs explained above.
Most of the viruses and bacteria that cause STDs do not survive outside the body for a long time. For example, HIV is something that cannot survive outside the body for a long time. If your blood drops on the floor, it’s a matter of time before the HIV on the blood dies.
Having studied the various kind of s*xually transmitted disease (STDs) and their symptoms, we’ve come to realize that they are not something we can contract from the toilet. It is something we can get from having unprotected s*x with an infected person. However, you can get many other toilet infections from toilet water, toilet water splashing on you, or toilet seat, but the toilet seat has to have a pee or poop.