06/24/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
London – A recent study shows that swingers, or straight couples who engage in sexual partner swapping or group sex activities on a regular basis, have a higher risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than prostitutes. As reported by Reuters, researchers found the rates of STIs were higher among this group than prostitutes, and swingers were not as easy as other high-risk groups to be identified and targeted for healthcare service.
Anne-Marie Niekamp, who worked on the study with colleagues from Maastricht University, is quoted by Reuters as writing of the findings, “Although exact estimates are unavailable, the swingers’ population is probably large.” Niekamp is further quoted as stating, “Because they are so hidden and in some ways also stigmatized, it is hard for them to come forward for STI testing and treatment.”
More information about the Dutch study may be found in the British Medical Journal.
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