I might have mentioned this before but if I have I can’t recall the answer. Or maybe I just think I did and didn’t, which would be why I can’t recall the answer rather than some onset of LATE.
Do other apes get sexually transmitted diseases?
There’s a pretty big variation in sexual patterns among our close relatives. Gorillas are polygamous and while the Silverback rules sexual activity remains within that small group. Chimps are hierarchical and the alpha male gets a lot more while the betas try to steal the occasional shag if they can. Bonobos have sex like the man who drinks halves asks whose round is it – often and widely.
I would assume that STDs exist in other apes. Can’t see any reason why bacteria and viruses wouldn’t colonise where they could. But are they there? And are there different patterns of them consistent with those different mating patterns?
I’d sorta assume that anything that happens to bonobos – within the varied population groups at least rather than across them – must be trivial in symptoms because anything serious would have wiped out the group that had it already.
But does anyone actually know?