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2. “You’re just being greedy.”
This one is also less delicately phrased as “Bisexuality is just an excuse to sleep with tons of people,” and occasionally “Bisexuals are crawling with venereal disease.” And it doesn’t make any sense.
Think about it. Straight people who want to sleep with tons of people do — they just sleep with tons of people of the opposite sex. Gay people who want to sleep with tons of people sleep with tons of people — of the same sex. There’s no need to make up excuses to sleep around. If you weren’t attracted to people of both sexes, why would claiming to be bi change anything? The only difference would be that you wouldn’t be attracted to a significant portion of the people you were having sex with. I’m pretty sure nobody would subject themselves to a bunch of sexual encounters with people they weren’t into just for the sake of having more orgasms. Because that would probably result in sex that was lackluster at best, and traumatizing at worst. No one, anywhere, has ever pretended to be bi in order to have more sex with people they aren’t attracted to. I feel pretty confident making that generalization.
As for STIs, well…anyone who has sex with lots of people is at greater risk for STIs. This is especially true for men who have sex with men, who are at a greater risk of contracting HIV. It doesn’t necessarily follow that all bi people are more likely to give you an STI, or even most bi people. Hopefully, you’re being responsible and only having sex with people who use protection. If you’re concerned about it, you should both get tested together and practice safer sex, just the same as anybody else you’re interested in sleeping with.
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