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Is monogamy an effective way to prevent HIV?

If you are in a monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner, you can effectively prevent HIV infection by only maintaining sexual contact with that partner. However, sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, can often go undetected in your body for long periods of time before producing symptoms. Therefore, periodic HIV testing can increase your surety that you are not at risk from your partner.

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