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‘It made me feel judged’: why it’s harder to get sexual healthcare if you practice consensual non-monogamy

By Ryan Scoats, Lecturer in Sociology, Birmingham City University
Christine Campbell, Associate Professor, Psychology, St Mary's University, Twickenham
Consensual non-monogamy is a surprisingly popular relationship style. Some research from North America suggests as many as one in 20 people may be in a polyamorous, swinging or open relationship – with one in five saying they’d like to try it.

Although multiple sexual partners potentially brings increased exposure to sexually transmitted infections, research has shown that consensually non-monogamous people are very good at practising safer sex.

They’re more likely to

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