Open Relationships & HIV/STD’s


There is a study out that shows some interesting facts regarding ‘open relationships’. 

Researchers from the University of Michigan found that people who cheat on their partners are more likely to not use condoms and discuss their STD risks with their partners compared to those in open relationships. People in open relationships have clearer lines of communication and therefore not hiding their actions or living in secret ways that cheaters are, the research found. Surprising huh? 

  1. Researchers surveyed 308 people in “monogamous” relationships and 493 people in open relationships and asked them about their most recent hookups with partners outside of their primary relationships. According to, here’s what they found:
  • 48%of cheating folks reported using a condom during sex with someone outside their relationship, compared with 66% of people in open relationships. 
  • 34% of people who cheat reported talking about their sexual history and previous STD testing before engaging in sex, compared with 63% of those in open relationships.
  • The cheaters were also less likely to sterilize sex toys or put condoms on them before using them, compared with those in open relationships.

If you were surprised as I with the findings then we learned something. Past studies show that cheaters don’t really think about the mental or physical risks they might be posing to their primary partners. Plus, if condoms are found by the other partner, that can be used as proof that they are cheating. So people, again; ALWAYS get tested with your yearly check up.  Your health is your business and should be #1.  Don’t take your health for granted. The researchers recommend couples begin having honest communications about what they define as monogamy and what the consequences are for breaking that trust. Now you know.

Tom Thayer


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