Romantic love and sexually transmitted infection acquisition: hypothesis and review
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Romantic love and sexually transmitted infection acquisition
Abstract: 

Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the UK continue to increase. A discrepancy between knowledge and awareness of STIs, and sexual behaviour appears to be ubiquitous throughout the world. We hypothesize that human beings are biologically programmed to fall in love and bond in powerful relationships, which, at least in the short term, prevents them from using knowledge and cognitive strategies to prevent STI acquisition. We compare this with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours seen in obsessive-compulsive disorders. We suggest how romantic love might overwhelm logical thought processes to cause a deterministic and non-logical response to have sex and thus acquire STIs. An understanding of this concept may help us humans to be more insightful and thoughtful about STI acquisition.

Author(s): 
Goldmeier, David
Richardson, Daniel
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
International journal of STD & AIDS
Journal Abbreviation: 
Int J STD AIDS
Publication Date: 
2005-09
Publication Year: 
2005
Pages: 
585-587
Volume: 
16
Issue: 
9
ISSN: 
0956-4624
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 16176620

Turabian/Chicago Citation

David Goldmeier and Daniel Richardson. 2005-09. "Romantic love and sexually transmitted infection acquisition: hypothesis and review." International journal of STD & AIDS 16: 9: 585-587.

Wikipedia Citation

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