We get questions like these a lot: Can I get an STD from a toilet seat? Can I get a disease or infection from sitting on a toilet? Amy Phillips, M.D., is an OB/GYN at UAMS Health and is here to bust this myth.
Dr. Amy Phillips:
I’m Dr. Amy Phillips, and I practice obstetrics and gynecology at U-A-M-S. You cannot get H-P-V or other sexually-transmitted diseases from the toilet; that is just not how these bacteria work. These bacteria or viruses, even which is an example, human papillomavirus.
I mean, this is a virus. These things are sexually transmitted and or transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. You cannot pick them up from a toilet seat. I feel like as an educator working at an academic medical institution, I really carry that aspect of my career also into the clinical arena.
And so, I’m very passionate about empowering women to be educated about their own health so that they can make informed decisions.