But that doesn't mean the toilet seat is off the hook. Let's talk first about what everyone assumes you'll catch from visiting a public toilet. Sexually transmitted bacteria (such as chlamydia) and viruses (such as genital herpes) are passed along by skin-to-skin contact.
Many disease-causing organisms can survive for only a short time on the surface of the seat, and for an infection to occur, the germs would have to be transferred from the toilet seat to your urethral or genital tract, or through a cut or sore on the buttocks or thighs, which is possible but very unlikely.
You Can Contract an STD from a Toilet Seat â€“ So False. Really, though, these myths often perpetuate big problems, because they keep people from. some of the common myths we hear all of the time about STDs, so you don't have to.
Herpes is transmitted through vaginal, oral or anal sex. In some cases, it's passed along via skin-to-skin contact (in the genital or oral regions) with someone carrying the infection. Okay, science â€” you win against my paranoia. â€œBut surely you could catch some kind of STI from a toilet seat,â€ you may think.