Claims that STD’s can be passed from a toilet seat are actually very unlikely. Due to the microscopic genetic makeup of an STD, it requires a specific environment to survive which typically involves a warm body. The virus would need to be deposited moments before the next person sits on the toilet seat and there would need to be an open wound for it to be transmitted. The odds of an STD being transmitted this way are highly improbable, but a good way to protect yourself is to use a toilet seat cover, toilet paper, or clean the seat in a public restroom before sitting down. If you think you may have contracted an STD, contact Women’s Health in West Bloomfield for an appointment.