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Do physicians recommend monogamy to protect against STDs?

When used in combination with an accurate assessment of your partner's sexual history, most physicians surveyed consider monogamy to be a highly effective practice in preventing exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV), a fairly common STD. However, most medical professionals also have doubts that people will exercise effective STD-prevention methods long term, particularly in sexually active teenagers. Only 76 percent of the surveyed physicians typically recommend practicing monogamy as a prevention strategy.

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