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How does monogamy differ from "negotiated safety"?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

"Negotiated safety" advises that an emotionally monogamous couple that is sexually polygamous develop terms of safety for sexual contact outside the relationship. Within the relationship, the couple may decide not to use condoms as additional infection prevention, but the couple may require that condoms are used in any sexual activity outside the relationship. If the rules of negotiated safety are followed strictly, prevention results can be similar to those of monogamy. However, any time engagement with multiple partners occurs, even with the use of condoms or other protective devices, risk is escalated since those devices are still not 100 percent effective in protecting against the spread of STDs or HIV. Moreover, the term monogamy dictates that there is no sexual contact outside the partnership.

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