‘Secret’ Cheaters Less Likely to Practice Safe Sex
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People who were sexually unfaithful without their partner’s knowledge were less likely to practice safe sex than those who are in an open relationship, according to new research.
The research also notes that those “secret” cheaters were more likely to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the encounter.
In the study, researchers from the University of Michigan found that condom use for vaginal and anal sex was 27 percent and 35 percent lower in sexually unfaithful relationships. Drug and alcohol use was 64 percent higher in the same group.
Of the 1,647 people who replied to an online advertisement, 801 had had sex with someone other than their primary partner, the researchers report.
Of those, 493 said it had happened as part of a negotiated open relationship, while 308 said they were unfaithful while in a committed monogamous relationship.
“Our research suggests that people who are unfaithful to their monogamous romantic partners pose a greater risk for
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