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Investigating STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) : real facts for real lives
Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, c2010.
Physical Description:
160 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.
Straight talk about STDs -- The science of STDs -- The history of STDs -- Preventing STDs -- Testing and treatment -- Outlook for the future -- Living with STDs.
Added Author:
"Provides information about sexually transmitted diseases, including treatment, diagnosis, history, medical advances, and true stories about people with the diseases"--Provided by publisher.


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Book 616.951 AMB 1 1
Book 616.951 AMB 1 1

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Authors Marylou Ambrose and Veronica Deisler give teens the facts about sexually transmitted diseases. Real-life examples of how teens deal with these issues are mixed with data from scientific studies, tips on how to live with and treat STDs, and the history of STDs. Whether writing a report or just in need of advice, teens will find what they need to know in this information-packed book.

Author Notes

Marylou Ambrose is an award-winning medical author with 30 years of experience writing for magazines, books, and newspapers. She has a BS in journalism from Syracuse University and has authored or co-authored four books and a dozen plays.
Veronica Deisler is a freelance writer who has contributed to and co-authored several books. A former secondary school teacher, she has a BA in speech and drama from Catholic University.

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

In each volume, seven or eight chapters present facts about the title disease: how it develops or is transmitted, its symptoms, history, prevention, research, and hope for future treatment. The texts are accurate but dry and somewhat repetitive. Influenza relentlessly hammers home the need for vaccination. Text boxes present additional information and a few personal stories. Small photographs break up the pages. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers these Investigating Diseases titles: Investigating Diabetes, Investigating Eating Disorders, Investigating STDs, Investigating Influenza and Bird Flu, Investigating Tuberculosis and Superbugs, and Investigating Depression and Bipolar Disorder.] (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

What Are STDs?p. 8
Introductionp. 10
Chapter 1 Straight Talk About STDsp. 12
Understanding STDsp. 14
How Are STDs Transmitted?p. 15
Types of STDsp. 15
Who Gets STDs?p. 17
Why Are STDs So Common?p. 18
Worldwide Problemp. 20
Teens and STDsp. 21
Effects of Untreated STDsp. 21
Living With an STDp. 23
Chapter 2 The Science of STDsp. 26
Chlamydiap. 26
Gonorrheap. 31
Hepatitis Bp. 32
Herpesp. 34
HIVp. 36
Human Papillomavirusp. 39
Public Licep. 40
Scabiesp. 41
Syphilisp. 42
Trichomoniasisp. 45
Chapter 3 The History of STDsp. 47
The Origins of Syphilisp. 48
An Epidemic Rages Through Europep. 49
Over 300 Years of Confusionp. 51
A Period of Growthp. 51
A Magic Bulletp. 52
War and the Battle With STDsp. 56
Chlamydiap. 58
Hepatitisp. 58
Herpesp. 59
HIV and AIDSp. 60
Human Papillomavirusp. 62
Public Licep. 62
Scabiesp. 62
Trichomoniasisp. 64
Penicillin and Other Antibioticsp. 64
AIDS Drugsp. 65
Herpes Drugsp. 66
HPV Vaccinep. 66
Chapter 4 Preventing STDsp. 68
Why Are STDs on the Rise?p. 69
What Behaviors Put People at Risk?p. 69
How to Prevent STDsp. 71
Abstinencep. 72
Condomsp. 73
A Brief History of Condomsp. 74
Other Ways to Reduce Riskp. 80
Chapter 5 Testing and Treatmentp. 82
Who Should Get Tested?p. 82
Finding the Right Doctorp. 83
The Medical History and Physical Examp. 84
Testing for STDsp. 88
Treatments for STDsp. 95
Curing Bacterial STDsp. 96
Treating Viral STDsp. 97
Curing Protozoal and Parasitic STDsp. 100
Chapter 6 Outlook for the Futurep. 104
Advances in Preventionp. 104
Education Programsp. 105
Intervention Programsp. 106
Diagnosis and Treatmentp. 109
Partner Services Programsp. 111
The Internet: A Tool for Preventionp. 113
Vaccines on the Horizonp. 113
Advances in Treatmentp. 116
Impact of HIV and AIDS in the United Statesp. 118
HIV and AIDS Worldwidep. 119
Issues for Future World Treatment Programsp. 120
Organizations That Provide Supportp. 121
Chapter 7 Living with STDsp. 126
The First Stepsp. 126
Finding the Courage to Tell Sex Partnersp. 127
Starting to Move Onp. 127
Meeting the STD Challengep. 128
Work and Schoolp. 131
Sex and Datingp. 131
Pregnancy and Childbirthp. 133
Health Insurance and Medical Costsp. 134
Physical and Mental Healthp. 135
Challenges for Familiesp. 137
Trepidation for Teensp. 137
Concerns for Couplesp. 138
Facts for Household Membersp. 138
Surviving Social Stigmap. 139
STDs Timelinep. 141
Chapter Notesp. 144
Glossaryp. 153
For More Informationp. 156
Further Readingp. 156
Internet Addressesp. 156
Organizationsp. 156
Indexp. 158