Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually Transmitted Infections

by David Barlow
     
 

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With all the attention heaped upon the most deadly sexually transmitted infection of all, HIV, other non-fatal forms of infection have been somewhat neglected, and even overlooked in sexual education. However, incidences of STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea have been dramatically and silently rising in many parts of the world in recent years - though receiving far… See more details below

Overview

With all the attention heaped upon the most deadly sexually transmitted infection of all, HIV, other non-fatal forms of infection have been somewhat neglected, and even overlooked in sexual education. However, incidences of STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea have been dramatically and silently rising in many parts of the world in recent years - though receiving far less attention. It is now recognized that this is a major public health issue, affecting thousands of people,
irrespective of background, education or social class.

In Sexually Transmitted Infections: The Facts, David Barlow, for thirty years a consultant physician at a large London teaching hospital, describes, in a readable, sensible and light style, the common and rare conditions which are seen in clinic. Case histories drawn from real patients illustrate many of the pitfalls and problems that can arise from misunderstanding how diseases such as herpes or genital warts are transmitted. An important and novel section explains how and why the
seemingly reliable tests from a hospital laboratory can be misleading and, in many cases, actually wrong. This new edition has been brought up-to-date with coverage of the new HPV vaccine for cervical cancer, recent work on the aetiology of bacterial vaginosis, evidence on the treatment and management of genital
herpes simplex, and a totally revived section on HIV and AIDS.

Using the early section on symptoms, the reader is rapidly pointed to the relevant section of the book for explanations and reassurance. Providing essential information on all the main forms of sexually transmitted infections, the book delivers essential, accessible, pragmatic, information that should be read by all adults.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Ameeta E Singh, BMBS, MSc (University of Alberta)
Description: This concise book by an experienced U.K. specialist in genitourinary medicine targets a wide range of readers that includes those potentially infected or affected by sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as health professionals. Some of the information, particularly on statistics and services, is specific to the U.K., but the factual information about HIV/STI is relevant to all.
Purpose: Written in an easy to read style with a humorous tone, the book describes both common and rare STIs and other related conditions.
Audience: The broad target audience includes the general public as well as health professionals looking for basic knowledge of STIs.
Features: The book is divided into chapters on the epidemiology of STIs, clinical manifestations and treatment, what patients should expect when they go for testing and how to interpret test results. Chapters also cover hepatitis and other viral infections as well as HIV and AIDS, tropically acquired STI, and related infections. Among the book's unique features are the humorous cartoons, illustrative case histories describing the patients' perspectives, and the text boxes with key points at the beginning of each chapter.
Assessment: This short book serves as an excellent overview of the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, common misconceptions, and approach to patients with STIs. It also provides insight for patients on what to expect when going for testing and how to interpret test results. This third edition updates the information on older STIs and adds new information on HPV vaccine, genital herpes, HIV and bacterial vaginosis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191615702
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
03/03/2011
Series:
The Facts
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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