They behave "as if they have read the Kama Sutra, performing every position and variation one can imagine.
"For instance, they mate in the missionary position...
"But their sexiness isn't just about mating.
"Most of those variations are sociosexual, meaning that they don't entail copulation between an adult male and an adult female during her fertile period.
"The range of partners includes adults of the same sex, an adult with a juvenile of either sex, and two juveniles together.
"The range of activities includes mouth-to-mouth kissing, oral sex, genital caressing by hand, penis-fencing by two males, male-on-male mounting, and genito-genital rubbing (G-G rubbing is the shorthand term) by two estrous females, who moosh their swollen vulvas back and forth against each other in a spate of feverish sisterly cordiality.
"Usually there’s no orgasm culminating these activities. Their social purpose seems to be ...expression of goodwill, calming of excitement, greeting, tension relief, bonding... and reconciliation.
"To that list of benefits we might also add sheer pleasure and (for the juveniles) instructional play.
"Varied and frequent and often nonchalant, sex is a widely applied social lubricant ..."
"The female doesn’t need to attract gaggles of frantically horny males on a short-term basis. She’s continually attractive, continually ready.
"'That greatly reduces the importance to the males of competing for dominance and bullying the females'...
"The relative stability of .... groups within a larger ... community means that vulnerable individuals usually have allies present at any given moment....
"'females have other females as well as males available to protect them from those that might want to bully them'..."
Continued here: The Wild Life of a Bonobo - National Geographic
Great apes can carry sexually transmitted viruses.
Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Diseases | CARTA
In February 2013, US health experts revealed that an 'ongoing, severe epidemic' of sexually transmitted diseases is hitting the USA.
Over half the 20 million infections were contracted by people aged 15-24.
The eight most common sexually transmitted diseases in America are: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes, human papillomavirus, hepatitis B, HIV, and trichomoniasis.
If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease,infertility, and ectopic pregnancies.
'Severe epidemic' of sexually transmitted diseases sweeping the US ...
More Than 110 Million Americans Have an STD