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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.