Trust a key assessment for STD risk, partners say

June 25, 2008 2:39:53 PM PDT
Too many people may consider themselves at low risk of sexually transmitted diseases, simply because they trust their partner, suggests a new study. It shows that many people rely on subjective measures in judging their partner's safety such as how long they had known the partner or how intelligent or well-educated he or she was.

The study in the Journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases suggests that when people feel they "just know" their partner, they may consider their STD risk to be low, even in the absence of any testing.