Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Sexually Transmitted Disease: An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment and Issues

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Sexually Transmitted Disease: An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment and Issues

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Sexually Transmitted Disease: An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment and Issues. Ed. by Jill Grimes. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2013. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-0134-1). E-book available (9781-4408-0135-8), call for pricing.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a sensitive subject, and thus, talking about them can be embarrassing. However, because many sexually transmitted diseases are asymptomatic, by the time they are detected they can cause serious health problems such as "infertility, or liver disease, or cervical cancer" (xxv). The prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States is high. According to the US National Institutes of Health, one in six Americans is already infected with genital herpes, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have more that 1.1 million Americans living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)(xxv).

Sexually Transmitted Disease: An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment and Issues is a two-volume set that contains over 230 entries. These entries span the history and wide range of topics regarding sexually transmitted diseases. This encyclopedia set takes a multidisciplinary approach in its coverage of sexually transmitted diseases. Along with the anatomy and basics of the disease, it also addresses the emotional, financial, and social implications as well as pharmacology used to treat the disease and legal implications of disease transmission. …

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