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Behavior that easily can result in the destruction of life and lineage can’t also be the “fittest.” In fact, one can argue that in the 21st century, the people with the best chance for healthy reproduction are those who have the fewest sex partners.

And yet, “be faithful to one person” is one of our weaker health messages.

I think fighting STDs must include serious re-examination of our sexual concepts and mores. Otherwise, we may soon end up avoiding each other like the plague.

Cheryl Wetzstein can be reached at