Can having multiple sexual partners threaten your longevity? The short answer is yes. Having a large number of sexual partners has been linked to poor sexual health and decreased longevity.
Why? The more sexual partners you have, the greater your risk of having STDs like HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions like prostate cancer, cervical cancer, and oral cancer.
“Promiscuity is one example of a class of high-risk behaviors,” it is comparable to, and may coincide with, behaviors such as heavy drinking, gambling, and other thrill-seeking behaviors like driving too fast.”
Why do people have many sexual partners?
It’s exciting, Fitzgerald says, or, among their peers, it’s a kind of activity that brings them status. Another reason: It helps “they avoid dealing with other challenging emotional issues.”
Multi-sexual partners Impact on Your Physical Health
Don’t believe the myths that you can’t get STDs unless you have sexual intercourse or that you can’t get them from oral or anal sex. Many viruses and bacteria that cause STDs can enter your bloodstream through tiny cuts in your mouth, anus, or the outer parts of your genitals.
Here is a rundown of physical risks you face from promiscuity:
- STDs. . Among the most common STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, but the most common of all is the human papillomavirus HPV. HPV can infect the mouth or the genitals, and most people do not know they are infected. HPV has been linked to cervical cancer and to oral and throat cancers.
- HIV and AIDS. Being promiscuous and having STDs both increase your susceptibility to the AIDS virus. Despite better education and treatment.
- Other health conditions. If promiscuity is combined with other risky behaviors like smoking, heavy drinking, substance abuse, not getting enough sleep, and poor diet, it can contribute to several chronic diseases including heart disease.
- Physical abuse. Research shows the couples who are in long-term-term-relationships are much less likely to suffer from domestic violence.
Despite the emphasis that society puts on sexuality, the best emotional, physical, and sexual health can be found in long-term relationships. If you find yourself jumping from relationship to relationship, you should consider the price you could be paying in both sexual health and longevity.