Originally Posted by BlackUnicorn
Responsibility in non-monogamy means taking the necessary precautions to prevent unwanted pregnancies and the spread of disease, and willingness to deal with the aftermath of any such occurring. It also means openly discussing these things with all partners and refraining from sexual activities until such agreements are made that everyone can be comfortable with, and refraining from using alcohol and drugs that can impede judgment, especially with new partners.
This attitude is how I've always tried to live my life with respect to sexual partners. Whether it is monogamous or not should not matter. If you are not willing to discuss, and take responsibility for these issues then you are not really ready for sex at all, IMHO.
Male, married, new here, not quite poly. (but poly curious)