Does monogamy help to treat pre-existing STDs?

Diana K. Blythe, MD
Monogamy does not help treat existing STDs in any way! Even if you and your partner enter into a relationship knowing you both already have HIV, it does not mean you have the same strain of HIV. In addition, you could have co-existing STDs of which you are unaware. Even if you have HIV, consider getting tested for other STDs yearly. 

Monogamy is not a treatment for pre-existing disease. A monogamous relationship can prevent you from transmitting the disease outside the relationship, thus halting its exponential spread to others. However, regular testing for STDs and HIV are necessary to direct your professional, medical treatment of the disease and its symptoms.

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