Washington D.C, Oct 26 (ANI): Monogamous couples are at the same sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk as people in the open relationships, according to a recent study.
The study examined 556 participants over the age of 18. Of these, 351 were in a monogamous relationship and 205 were consensually non-monogamous (CNM) relationship, the Independent reported.
The results indicated that the percentage of participants reporting previous STI diagnoses did not differ across relationship type.
Study leader Justin Lehmiller from Ball State University suggested the similar levels were a result of infidelity. Approximately a quarter of individuals in a monogamous relationship admitted to cheating and not telling their partner.
Despite this, CNM individuals were found to take more precautions over their sexual health with a “greater condom use during intercourse with all partners and a higher likelihood of STI testing.”
He concluded that although persons in CNM relationships had more sexual partners, the precautions they took did not appear to elevate their rate of STIs above an imperfect implementation of monogamy.
The study is published in The Journal for Sexual Health. (ANI)