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How does monogamy differ from abstinence in preventing STDs?

Abstinence, or the complete lack of sexual activity, is the most effective protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Diseases that are spread through genital or oral contact cannot be spread if that contact doesn't occur. Monogamy, though it entails sexual contact with only one partner, still is subject to the risk of any potential previous sexual contact of either partner.

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How effective is serial monogamy against the spread of STDs?
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Traditionally defined monogamy involves selecting a single mate for the duration of your lifetime. S...
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How does monogamy relate to sexual activity?
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Monogamy encourages the limitation of romantic relationships to one mate at a time. This means that ...
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How does time between partners affect risk in serial monogamy?
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The frequency of serial monogamy can affect the rate of contact between infected and people at risk....
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What is sexual monogamy?
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Sexual monogamy is when a couple remains faithful to one another. They do not engage with outside se...
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