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Should I take steps to prevent STDs and HIV if I practice monogamy?

Since monogamy, particularly serial monogamy, is not 100 percent effective in preventing exposure to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or HIV, other methods of prevention can increase effective prevention. The use of condoms during sexual intercourse can strengthen your chances of preventing exposure to STDs or HIV. Reducing genital skin-to-skin contact can also protect against STDs such as herpes.

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