Making use of a public toilet makes most of us feel uncomfortable. The thought of touching the toilet seat resplendent with creepy germs is enough to make anyone squirm in disgust. Be it at the office, malls, or restaurants, using a public toilet has never been a pleasant proposition.

Since toilet seats in a public restroom play host to countless pesky microbes, it is most likely that you will catch a sexually transmitted disease (STDs). Right? No! It’s a myth that one can catch an STD from a toilet seat. This means that your fears regarding catching STDs from public toilet seats are baseless after all! Read on to know how.

Breaking the myth!

unused, clean public restrooms
While public toilet seats are definitely a playground for sexually transmitted organisms, they cannot infect you. This is because these germs cannot endure the cold surface of the seat and so they die. To contract an STD, you have to have an open wound or cut that comes in contact with the germs on the seat so they can enter your body. 

In fact, most sexually transmitted organisms cannot survive outside the human body. And of course, the term ‘sexually transmitted’ disease itself means that these infections require sexual contact to spread. STDs are a public health issue, and they spread through intimate physical contact and sexual activity. Some common STDs are Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.

What about other infections/ diseases?

smiling man sitting on the toilet as others queue up behind him
Now that you know public toilet seats are nowhere favorable to STD-causing organisms, you still need to be cautious before using any public restroom.  Sadly, there are many people who use public restrooms but do not wash their hands after using them. Most often, such people end up spreading infectious bacteria that can be contagious.

Takeaway tips for restroom-hygiene!

sink with wash your hands tips engraved by the side
Public toilets are never exactly the first preference for people; however, in case you need to use it, please be cautious about following simple hygiene tips. 
You should:
  • Wipe the toilet seat with an antibacterial wipe (there are many options available in the market, which you can easily stock in your wallet or purse)
  • Wash your hands with soap or sanitize every time you use a toilet.
  • Use paper towels to shut off the faucet once you have washed your hands.
  • Always dry your hands thoroughly after washing. It mitigates the risk of offering certain germs a thriving environment on anything that you touch with wet hands.
  • Use hand-driers judiciously. Don’t touch the vents when using them.

According to various studies, no one has ever acquired an STD from the toilet seat. So don’t devote much brains to this STD buzz. Just follow the basic hygiene tips and keep your surroundings clean. Stay clean, stay safe.

For any queries related to STDs, you can contact a Sexual Disease Specialist at

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Vidhi Ghildiyal

Vidhi is a writer and blogger with more than 6 years of experience in developing content for varied verticals.

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