Is it medically good to have multiple sexual partners? Netizens debate

"The more sexual partners you have, the more you will be aware of what you like and do not like in bed and you will be able to communicate that to your spouse more clearly leading to a very healthy sex life. Don't let these clowns convince you otherwise," a Twitter user recently wrote. Her comment triggered a debate about whether it is medically advisable to have multiple sexual partners.

Dr Dhruv Chauhan, who is the National Zonal Coordinator of the Indian Medical Association, wrote that promiscuity will make people unfit both medically and psychologically. Taking a conservative stand, he suggested that promiscuity will lead to families becoming debased.

Playback singer Chinmayi Sripaada, on her part, argued from the standpoint of mental health. She said that she has come across male doctors taking a very interesting stand that she finds quizzical. "Having many sexual partners makes one medically unfit? I am genuinely and humbly asking to understand how this is ‘medically unfit’," she wrote. She called out Dr Dhruv Chauhan for issuing a "certificate of mental health without even a diagnosis".

The doctor focused on the risk of contracting Sexually Transmitted Diseases. "One can have STDs even with the use of protected measures as well if the number of partners is multiple. Studies by CDC (the national public health agency of the US) have highlighted the same," he added, saying that the singer is wrong to think that protected sex can save humans from STDs like HIV.

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