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« on: June 25, 2012, 11:19:06 PM »
In this day and age, polyamorous people can form many different types of families or polycules. They can vary from poly-fidelitous life long relationships to open marriages to swingers.  In the type of relationships where the partners can date other people, how does a couple or individual protect themselves from the possibility of STD's.  The more partners one can have who in turn may have or had multiple partners, increases the chance of STD's.  How should this be handled?

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Re: Open Relationships
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2012, 07:20:52 AM »
Most people I know of just wear condoms with anyone they are not fluid bonded to.  It is just easier to protect yourselves and your partners this way.

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Re: Open Relationships
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2012, 11:25:23 AM »
It just makes common sense to use condoms.

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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2012, 09:41:35 PM »
If it is truly open then yes, condoms are important along with knowing enough about each other's sexual history to make an informed decision. However, in a poly-fi situation where everyone has disclosed and feels comfortable with it, then becoming fluid bonded is acceptable too. Obviously if one partner wanted to date someone out of the fluid bonded group then there would need to be discussions about safety and whether to continue with the fluid bond. It is also, in my opinion, for all partners to be honest and disclose previous partners and get tested before entering new relationships (all partners should be tested regularly if they are not fluid bonded).



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