A new study reveals that monogamous couples are at the same sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk as people in open relationships.
The research analyzed 556 participants above the age of 18. Of these, 351 were in a monogamous relationship and 205 were consensually non-monogamous (CNM) relationship.
Of the total participants, 77.9 percent were identified as heterosexual, 14.4 percent as bisexual, 3.8 percent as gay/lesbian, and 4.0 percent opted to write in their own identity.
Similar levels were a result of infidelity. Around a quarter of individuals in a monogamous relationship admitted to cheating and not telling their partner, according to study leader Justin Lehmiller from Ball State University.
Though, individuals in CNM relationships had more sexual partners, the precautions they took did not seem to raise their rate of STIs above an imperfect implementation of monogamy, Lehmiller said. The study has been published in The Journal for Sexual Health