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From The CriticsReviewer: Ameeta E Singh, BMBS, MSc(University of Alberta)
Description: This second edition provides updated practical information on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The last edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: "In the context of significant rapidly rising STDs worldwide including in the Unites States, this book seeks to provide the general public with basic and accurate information about genital anatomy, common STDs, and safer sex. "
Audience: The book targets anyone who is sexually active and therefore provides useful information for the layperson as well as STD educators. The book is written by an experienced STD physician.
Features: In the preface, the author identifies some common myths about STDs and subsequent chapters address these myths. The first section includes chapters on genital anatomy, key to symptoms, what to expect during an STD examination, and tips for good communication among partners. The final chapter in this section describes the 12 guidelines for "safer sex." The second section includes chapters on common STDs including chlamydia and herpes as well as other common non-STD genital problems such as yeast infections. Chapters also cover viral hepatitis and HIV. The book concludes with a glossary of terms, list of references, and an index. Illustrations are in black and white. A nice feature in the chapters is the inclusion of short sections that highlight important key messages.
Assessment: "This is a useful resource for any sexually active person or STD educator. Given the rapidly changing nature of this field, this second edition provides useful updated information. "