Seductive Delusions: How Everyday People Catch STIs

Seductive Delusions: How Everyday People Catch STIs

by Jill Grimes

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Seductive Delusions: How Everyday People Catch STIs by Jill Grimes

A 2009 Book of the Year, USA Book News

"It can’t happen to me." Many high school students and young adults, seduced by their sense of invincibility, are stunned when they are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI). But the fact is that anyone can catch an STI: no age group, social class, economic class, culture, religion, gender, or ethnic group is immune.

To drive home the risks and realities of unprotected sex, Dr. Jill Grimes shares real-life stories of young people—medical students, college freshmen, teenagers, young parents, talented entrepreneurs—who have gotten an STI. Dr. Grimes narrates the story of Liz, who got syphilis; Sofia, diagnosed with gonorrhea and chlamydia; and Zoe, with pubic lice. She describes how Justin got herpes, Sean got trichomoniasis, and Luke contracted hepatitis C. The accounts of these young men and women and their exam-room conversations with their doctors evoke both the physical symptoms and complicated emotional reactions that often go together with infection. Fact sheets throughout the book explain each sexually transmitted infection and answer frequently asked questions about symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

Used in high schools for the past five years, this new edition of Seductive Delusions shows how technological advances have speeded doctor-patient communication, including test results and treatment recommendations. It explains simplified STI testing, explores the frighteningly high incidence of date sexual assault, examines dramatic changes in cervical cancer prevention and Pap tests, and clarifies why HPV vaccines are now routinely recommended for all children—boys and girls.

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. Making emotionally and physically safe decisions about sex is easier when you know how STIs are spread, how to avoid getting one, what their symptoms are, and how they are diagnosed and treated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421419244
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 02/04/2016
Edition description: second edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jill Grimes, MD, practices medicine within the Urgent Care Department of the University of Texas at Austin’s University Health Services. She is the editor of Sexually Transmitted Disease: An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment, and Issues.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Herpes Simplex Virus 1

1 Grace 1

2 Justin 12

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Facts 23

Human Papilloma Virus 29

3 Chase 29

4 Chloe 40

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Facts 51

Cervical Cancer 61

5 Rachel 61

Cervical Cancer Facts 69

Chlamydia 79

6 Tyler 79

7 Sofia 91

Chlamydia Facts 103

Gonorrhea 111

8 Kiara 111

9 Logan 121

Gonorrhea Facts 133

Date Rape 143

10 Ashley 143

Date Rape Facts 153

Trichomoniasis 163

11 Alyssa 163

12 Sean 170

Trichomoniasis Facts 180

Pubic Lice 187

13 Zoe 187

14 Ryan 194

Pubic Lice Facts 204

HIV 213

15 Evan 213

16 Tanya 221

HIV Facts 230

Hepatitis C 239

17 Shannon 239

18 Luke 248

Hepatitis C (HCV) Facts 260

Syphilis 267

19 Gavin 267

20 Liz 271

Syphilis Facts 275

21 Grace's Epilogue 281

Bibliography 289

Symptoms Index 293

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