What alternatives to monogamy can prevent sexually transmitted diseases?

Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing
Abstinence or monogamy and safe sex with a uninfected partner are the only way to totally prevent getting a sexually transmitted disease. Condoms help and should be used but it is important to remember that condoms cannot totally prevent the transmission of the Human Papilloma or Herpes Viruses.
Mary Chappell
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Obviously abstinence is the only way. Condoms protect against gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomonas but DO NOT protect fully against HIV, HPV (human papilloma virus which causes abnormal pap smears, warts and possibly cervical cancer) or HSV (herpes). Monogamy does not protect against STD's if the one partner already has one.

In addition to monogamy, doctors also recommend abstinence. If you are sexually active, the use of condoms prevents sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but the use of hormonal birth control will not. Limiting the number of sex partners will also minimize the dangers of contracting or spreading a sexually transmitted disease.

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