It’s not really news, but now we have studies to back up this long-known truth: Cheaters are at a high risk for STDs. Gasp!
A new study, presented by University of Michigan, reports that people who have secret sexual affairs are less likely to practice safe sex than those who engage in open relationships. Having multiple partners is a higher-risk sexual activity itself, but cheaters take unsafe sex a step further by often ignoring condoms.
The study also determined that cheaters were more likely use alcohol or drug during their trysts—another proven factor that contributes to high-risk sexual behavior.
Compared to those who have openly non-monogamous relationships, participants who cheated without informing their partners were:
- 27% less likely to use condoms during vaginal sex
- 35% less likely to use condoms during anal sex
- 64% more likely to use alcohol or drugs during encounters
As the data shows, secret cheaters are at a higher risk for contracting an STD based on their lack of condom use, exposure to multiple partners and drug/alcohol use. There’s no deny that cheating happens, but partners who aren’t monogamous should take proper safe-sex precautions to protect all partners involved.