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Why do some sources say that committed couples need to keep getting tested?

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I haven’t been sexually active yet but since I am dating someone I have researched stuff like safe sex.
It makes sense that you need to get tested before you have (unprotected) sex in a committed relationship but why do you still need to get tested once a year if you are in a serious, committed, monogamous relationship? I see multiple sources say that you need to get tested annually even if you are in a monogamous relationship.

(If you get symptoms or you suspect your partner is cheating, it obviously makes sense to get tested).

Sources:
https://yourdaye.com/vitals/womens-health/should-you-get-tested-for-stis-in-a-long-term-relationship

https://nationalcoalitionforsexualhealth.org/media-center/ncsh-in-the-news/this-is-how-often-you-need-to-get-tested-for-stds-based-on-your-relationship-status

https://www.actioncanadashr.org/resources/sexual-health-info/sexually-transmitted-infections/how-often-should-i-get-tested
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thank you for all of your comments. I take it that most people in the comments section agree with getting tested annually during a monogamous relationship.

But I do wonder, do long-term (married) couples really get tested annually? I know it is the best thing to do, but how many couples actually do it?
Why do some sources say that committed couples need to keep getting tested?
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