1. MYTH: I don't need to get an STI test because my partner tested negative Heather / Via openphoto.net FACT: not all STIs are passed on to a sexual partner. People may have contracted HIV or syphilis many years ago and have no symptoms. These infections are not always passed on. It's really important for both partners to have their own STI screen. 2. MYTH: you should take a break from the contraceptive pill every year Darren Hester / Via openphoto.net FACT: there is no reason to take a "break" from the pill - it doesn't build up in your body, and has no effect on future fertility. There are no benefits from taking a break and you run the risk of an unplanned pregnancy. 3. MYTH: if I have symptoms "down below" I must have an STI © Dana Rothstein / Via dreamstime.com FACT: other non STI problems such as thrush or urinary tract infections can give symptoms in the genitals - it's best to visit a sexual health clinic and have some tests done to work out what's going on. 4. MYTH: every time I have a blood test at the GP or hospital I must have had an HIV test Miroslav Vajdić / Via openphoto.net FACT: most routine blood tests done by a GP or hospital will not specifically look for HIV, and this will not be done without you being asked if you agree to have an HIV test. 5. MYTH: withdrawing means a woman can't get pregnant Shadowfoot / Via flickr.com FALSE: sperm can still be present even before ejaculation, and this is not a reliable method of avoiding pregnancy or STIs.