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Are there complications in using monogamy to prevent STDs and HIV?

Using monogamy alone as a strategy to reduce the risk of exposure to STDs and HIV can be difficult in the long-term. Unless you and your partner are monogamous for your lifetime, your partner's sexual history before the relationship becomes a factor in your risk of exposure. Also, only around 21 percent of clinicians believe that monogamy is a strategy that will be adopted long-term for the reduction of exposure. Even if you maintain a series of monogamous relationships, the more successive monogamous partners you have, the greater your risk of exposure.

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