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If I practice monogamy, should I get tested for STDs and HIV?

Even if you've been practicing monogamy, regular testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV are still important. For one thing, many STDs - such as human papillomavirus (HPV), gonorrhea, and chlamydia - and HIV might not present symptoms immediately,and can go undetected in the body for an extended period of time. It is possible that you or your partner might have contracted these diseases long before the start of your current relationship.

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