Seductive Delusions: How Everyday People Catch STDs

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Anyone can catch a sexually transmitted disease. STDs are widespread in all walks of life, regardless of gender, race, social status, or education. Seduced into complacency by the notion that "it can’t happen to me," many sexually active teens and young adults are stunned when they are diagnosed with an STD.

To drive home the risks and realities of unprotected sex, Dr. Jill Grimes narrates real-life stories of young people infected with STDs. The accounts of these young men and ...

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Overview

Anyone can catch a sexually transmitted disease. STDs are widespread in all walks of life, regardless of gender, race, social status, or education. Seduced into complacency by the notion that "it can’t happen to me," many sexually active teens and young adults are stunned when they are diagnosed with an STD.

To drive home the risks and realities of unprotected sex, Dr. Jill Grimes narrates real-life stories of young people infected with STDs. The accounts of these young men and women, and their exam-room conversations with their doctors, evoke both the physical symptoms and the emotional reactions that can accompany infection.

Dr. Grimes introduces each disease with a pair of stories that capture the distinct experiences of a man and a woman, in the process allowing readers to identify and empathize with such patients. The stories are followed by an information section that provides medical facts and answers to frequently asked questions about symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

Whether reading the book from cover to cover or jumping directly to a specific disease, readers will relate to the dramatic stories while learning medically reliable information to help them make decisions about life and love.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that one in four teenage girls in the United States has a sexually transmitted disease. Seductive Delusions reveals what physicians across America see every day. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk and needs to read this book.

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Editorial Reviews

National Association of Medical Communicators
[Grimes] enthralls us with gripping tales of real people facing illness and tragedy. And the kick comes with how she wisely brings the reader to be motivated to avoid the infectious danger that is truly out there. (I'm getting copies for my kids.)... SHOULD be a required textbook for all High School health classes.

— Richard P. Holm, MD

www.getbetterhealth.com
I would highly recommend this book to all sexually active young people. It is eye-opening and disturbing in the right sort of way.
Healthbolt.net
Read the book from cover to cover... knowledge is power.
Sacramento Book Review
While probably not recreational reading, the book is a good gift for the teen in your life that just might be contemplating getting into a relationship (sexual or not).
PEP Talk
Highly recommended.

— Linda Carlson

Parenting Press
This is [a book] we whole-heartedly recommend for adolescents, their parents and teachers.
National Association of Medical Communicators - Richard P. Holm
[Grimes] enthralls us with gripping tales of real people facing illness and tragedy. And the kick comes with how she wisely brings the reader to be motivated to avoid the infectious danger that is truly out there. (I'm getting copies for my kids.)... SHOULD be a required textbook for all High School health classes.
PEP Talk - Linda Carlson
Highly recommended.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Ameeta E Singh, BMBS, MSc (University of Alberta)
Description: An American family physician aims to teach about STDs through storytelling in this book. It targets all sexually active individuals, particularly young people, but it contains sufficient information and references to reputable web sites and other sources that it would be a great way for students in the health professions to learn the basics of STDs.
Purpose: The author aims to show through stories that no age, social class, gender, or race is immune to STDs. The book provides information about disease transmission, manifestations, treatment, and ways to prevent further spread through condom use and behavior modification. The unique way of presenting the cases, which are loosely based on the author's clinical practice, makes the book easy to read and novel in this field.
Audience: The target audience is mainly young (adolescent to thirties), sexually active, heterosexual persons. While some of the frequently asked questions address issues relevant for gay/bisexual persons, this area is largely beyond the scope of this book. It contains sufficient detail and references that it would be useful to students in health professions who wish to learn about STDs and how to approach counseling individuals with STDs.
Features: The book is divided into sections by specific STD. Within each section are two stories, one with a male and a one with a female character to allow readers to identify with their own gender. A short chapter follows with facts and frequently asked questions about the disease and references to reputable American web sites for further information. While some of the recommendations may not apply to non-American settings, the book nevertheless provides excellent information about STDs and hepatitis C. The stories are largely about young heterosexual persons, but much of the information also applies to individuals engaging in gay or bisexual relationships.
Assessment: The unique style of this book is likely to gain the attention and interest of the target audience. As the author notes in the preface, "Stories are far more powerful than statistics." Certainly this is a novel approach and I will wholeheartedly recommend this book to patients and students in health professions wishing to get a foundation in STDs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801890673
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 506,859
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Grimes, M.D., is a practicing physician at West Lake Family Practice who has worked at the University of Texas Health Services in Austin, Texas. She is also a clinical faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

    Great book to advance everyone's understanding of STDs & the ease in which they can be contracted by everyday people.

    As the title suggests, everyone can get STDs, you, me, our children, even though we think we are "safe." Dr. Grimes tells each tale with humor that makes the facts, not fiction, readily available and palatable. A must read for all marrieds, sinlges, teens, and pre-teens. The stories unfold relaying the scientific facts and different situations in pleasing manner. A quick read and enjoyable. Even thoughts of "not me," "I'm safe - I have not had intercourse," "he's from a nice family, clean cut" are debunked with humor.

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

    A book every adolescent and young adult should read.

    Dr. Grimes has written an excellent book that will benefit both the general population and the health care professions. This book has been one of the most interesting and engaging books about STD's I have had the privilege to read. Each chapter shares information about a specific STD through two different stories, one with a male main character and the other with a female. The stories are shared from the perspective of high school- and college-age students, and young adults.
    The reader is allowed the privilege of being there with the character from the beginning as he or she receives the diagnosis of an STD and concluding with the character informing all appropriate previous contacts. The reader witnesses the initial pain and questions that can arise. A unique feature of this book is that the reader observes how the client is counseled concerning that particular STD. Through the story, the author shares disease transmission, symptoms, treatment, and longterm implications. At the conclusion of each chapter, Dr. Grimes provides a section covering the basic facts for that particular STD, set in a question and answer format.
    As a Director of Health Services for a university, I want to place a copy of this book in the hands of each student. Give this book to the adolescents and young adults in your life. Provide them with this information before they are exposed to an STD. Equip them with the knowledge that will help them to make good decisions. Because this book is a pleasure to read, most adolescents and young adults will want to read it and will thank you for providng it to them.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    A must read for teens, young adults and parents

    After I read the first 26 pages of this book I made my two teens read them before reading more myself (it's like I didn't want to wait for them to get the information). When my third child gets older she'll be reading it as well. Teens and young adults are often so hard to reach because they feel so invulnerable. There is something about Dr. Grimes' story telling that is very effective at getting around this problem. These stories don't read like a doctor imagining what a teen or young adult would be thinking. These stories read like teens and young adults talking for themselves as they grapple with the consequences of not having had the information in this book (or acting like they didn't have the information). That's what makes it so gripping and effective.

    Also I was shocked by some of the things I didn't know about STDs, more than a few times saying out loud "holy ****."

    I'm a dad, direct a psychology training clinic, supervise the clinical work of others in a doctoral program, and have a private practice in clinical psychology focusing on children and adolescence. In each of these contexts I am finding this book to be extremely helpful. I count myself fortunate that I stumbled upon it and am recommending it broadly.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    As a parent of a college student AND high schooler, I think ALL parents should get this book for their guys and girls. It's a MUST read for them now, and would've been great to have in those earlier H.S. years as well. This book makes it clear exactly when, how, and why people who are not promiscuous are catching STDs. This is NOT a boring textbook lecture on STDs, it reads like a story, featuring smart, educated young people who look, act and talk like your teen (or 20 or 30-something). What our kids consider "low risk" activities (you may or may not know what those are) actually still transmit diseases - with or without sex (who knew?) and with or without condoms! Whether you think your son/daughter is sexually active now or will be anytime soon, even and perhaps especially if it's with their future spouse, Seductive Delusions is a MUST HAVE so that you and they know what his/her real risks are! YIKES! P.S> I'm now buying copies for my single, adult friends too (it's a jungle out there)

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

    A Must Read for Everyone

    Being a Health Educator on a college campus, "Seductive Delusions" is a fresh look at safer sex education. The stories are short and easy to relate to everyday life. I appreciate the facts section after each disease along with sources for additional information. I will be recommending this book to all my peer health educators.

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