Feds Shift to Abstinence, Monogamy as ‘Most Reliable’ STD Prevention

In a significant shift, the federal government is now calling abstinence and monogamy “the most reliable way” to avoid sexually transmitted diseases, a $16 billion annual problem that hits as many as 10 million teens a year.

In a very long rewrite of the “Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped the old language that monogamy and abstinence were just “a reliable way” to avoid STDs.

The prevention section now reads: “The most reliable way to avoid transmission of STDs is to abstain from oral, vaginal, and anal sex or to be in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with a partner known to be uninfected.”