A doctor has claimed people are more likely to get hit by lightning than contract an STI from public toilets.

Catching STI on toilet seat

Catching STI on toilet seat

Dr Preethi Daniel has admitted that although germs such as Chlamydia, gonorrhoea or syphilis can be transmitted through cuts on the legs or buttocks, you are more likely to be hit by electrostatic discharge whilst ''riding a flying pig'' than catching the disease.

Speaking to Healthista, Dr Daniel said: ''To contract a disease such as Chlamydia, gonorrhoea or syphilis, the germs would have to be directly transferred from the seat your genital tract, or through an open would or sore on your legs or buttocks.

''You are more likely to be struck by lightning whilst riding a flying pig than catching a sexually transmitted disease from a public toilet seat, so please don't worry.

''There is no medical evidence to support the transmission of any diseases from a public toilet.''

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