STDs: Open Relationships Safer Than Cheating
Sneaky hookups involve more booze and fewer condoms, says study
By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2012 4:32 PM CDT
If you're going to have multiple partners, it's safest to be open about it, suggests a new study.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A cheating lover is more likely to pick up and spread an STD than a person in an open relationship, according to a new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The reason may be connected to drugs and booze, which are used 64% more in unfaithful hookups. This correlates to a lower rate of condom use when compared to romantic encounters involving people in "negotiated, non-monogamous" relationships, reports io9.

"If people do not find monogamy appealing or feasible, they clearly need to think about the risk this poses to their partner and consider whether an open relationship would suit their needs better, and better protect their relationship partners," says one of the researchers.

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Naoma Foreman
Mar 20, 2014 4:11 PM CDT
Homely fat women can wear a mask or a face cover. Men are rarely interested in faces anyhow. As for open relationships. Had a couple (married) who got involved in an open relationship. He committed suicide -- could not deal with it. The couple they had the relationship ship were VERY UNATTRACTIVE and had their kids in the house during these "open sex times." To me. Very, Very sick.
Jun 16, 2012 5:52 PM CDT
It is difficult for a homely fat woman to find a job; employers would rather hire a pretty youngster. Unemployed fatties need to survive so they find a lonely guy to knock them up; many have children from several boyfriends. Homely women rarely use birth control pills; most live off welfare checks, free healthcare, and dumpsters.
Jun 16, 2012 3:36 PM CDT
I have been in a loving, non-monogamous relationship for a couple years. I can attest to the fact that people who choose non-monogamy are generally more safe when it comes to STI precautions and contraception. When my partner or I want to go have fun with a playmate, it's done with each other's full knowledge, so there is no sense of sneaking around, or a thought that anyone is doing something bad. Protection is required. So I can vouch in a very real way to the conclusions of this study. Non-monogamy works when people realize a few things: that sex and love are two very different things; that sex is not a bad thing; that if you make sure you use contraception and safe-sex practices, then sex is nothing to be afraid of and is a light and fun thing to enjoy; and that jealousy is a poisonous emotion, and if you can master it and get rid of it, you will be a healthier, happier individual.