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Though many physicians and public officials had thought that the emergence of the Internet would do much to assist patients in obtaining reliable information, in March 2001 the National Institutes of Health issued the following warning: "The number of Web sites offering" health-related resources grows every day. Many sites provide valuable information, while others may have information that is unreliable or misleading." Since the late 1990s, physicians have seen a general increase in patient Internet usage rates. Patients frequently enter their doctor's offices with printed Web pages of home remedies in the guise of latest medical research. This scenario is so common that doctors often spend more time dispelling misleading information than guiding patients through sound therapies. ... This book has been created for patients who have decided to make education and research an integral part of the treatment process. ... While this sourcebook covers bacterial stds, your doctor, research publications, and specialists may refer to your condition using a variety of terms. Therefore, you should understand that bacterial stds is often considered a synonym or a condition closely related to the following: Clap; Gonococcal bartholinitis; Gonococcal cervicitis; Gonococcal urethritis; Gonococcal vulvovaginitis; Lues.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
PART I: THE ESSENTIALS
Chapter 1. The Essentials on Bacterial STDs: Guidelines
What Are Bacterial STDs?
More Guideline Sources
Chapter 2. Seeking Guidance
Associations and Bacterial STDs
Selecting Your Doctor
Working with Your Doctor
Broader Health-Related Resources
PART II: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND ADVANCED MATERIAL
Chapter 3. Studies on Bacterial STDs
Federally-Funded Research on Bacterial STDs
E-Journals: PubMed Central
The National Library of Medicine: PubMed
Chapter 4. Books on Bacterial STDs
Book Summaries: Federal Agencies
Book Summaries: Online Booksellers
The National Library of Medicine Book Index
Chapters on Bacterial STDs
General Home References
Chapter 5. Multimedia on Bacterial STDs
Bibliography: Multimedia on Bacterial STDs
Chapter 6. Physician Guidelines and Databases
Other Commercial Databases
Chapter 7. Dissertations on Bacterial STDs
Dissertations on Bacterial STDs
PART III. APPENDICES
Appendix A. Researching Your Medications
Your Medications: The Basics
Learning More about Your Medications
Contraindications and Interactions(Hidden Dangers)
A Final Warning
Appendix B. Finding Medical Libraries
Finding a Local Medical Library
Medical Libraries Open to the Public
Appendix C. Your Rights and Insurance
Your Rights as a Patient
Choosing an Insurance Plan
Medicare and Medicaid
NORD's Medication Assistance Programs
Appendix D. More on Sexually Transmitted Diseases
What Can You Do to Prevent STDs?
Appendix E. STDs and Pregnancy
How Can STDs Affect a Woman during Pregnancy?
How Can a Pregnant Woman's Baby Become Infected?
How Can STDs Affect the Fetus or Newborn?
How Common Are STDs Among Pregnant Women in the U.S.?
Should Pregnant Women Be Tested for STDs?
Can STDs Be Treated during Pregnancy?
How Can Pregnant Women Protect Themselves against Infection?
Where Can I Get More Information?
Online Dictionary Directories
BACTERIAL STDS GLOSSARY
General Dictionaries and Glossaries