Sexually Transmitted Diseases:

A Practical Guide


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Sexually Transmitted Diseases Concern Everyone

  • About half of all people will be infected by an STD sometime in their lifetimes.
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates about 65 million Americans are living with a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
  • Each year, one in four teens contracts an STD.
  • More than 19 million new cases occur each year In the United States, almost half of them among young people aged 15 to 24.
  • As many as one in four Americans have Genital Herpes, and up to 90% are unaware that they have it.
  • All STDs can be improved by treatment, and some can be cured, but many people who are infected don't recognize the symptoms.
  • Each year in the United States, more than $13 billion is spent on major STDs including  human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).


Table of contents:

Sexually Transmitted Diseases— Five Key Points: 1
What Can You Do to Prevent STDs? 3
Diseases That May Be Transmitted Sexually and the Organisms Responsible 5
Trends in Reportable Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the United States 7
National Surveillance Data for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis 7
Syphilis: Cases Increase for Fourth Consecutive Year 12
Hepatitis 16
Other STDs 29
Chancroid 29
Human Papillomavirus 29
Lymphogranuloma Venereum 30
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease 30
Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases 30
Trends in STDs Special Focus Profiles 33
Women and Infants 33
Adolescents and Young Adults 39
Racial and Ethnic Minorities 43
Men Who Have Sex with Men 47
Persons Entering Corrections Facilities 53
Section II Information in Depth 57
Chlamydia 59
Genital HPV 65
Genital Herpes 73
Gonorrhea 81
Pelvic inflammatory disease 91
Hepatitis 97
Syphilis 105
Trichomoniasis 123
Vaginal Infections and Vaginitis 126
Bacterial Vaginosis 126
Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) 129
HIV Infection and AIDS 133
How HIV Causes AIDS 154
Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 2 175
Frequently Asked Questions on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) 180
The Link between HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections 211
Coinfection with HIV and Hepatitis C Virus 215
The Deadly Intersection between TB and HIV 223
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection 225
Birth Control Methods and Protection against STDs 233
Male Latex Condoms and   Sexually Transmitted Diseases 248
Important Parasites 255
Pubic Lice Infestation 255
Head Lice Infestation Pediculosis 258
Treating Head Lice Infestation 262
Scabies (SKAY-bees) 269
Statistics and STDs 277

This book gives information mostly from official medical government sources on the most common STDs in the United States. It includes symptoms, in excess of 70 figures and photographs, how to reduce risk of exposure, and actions if you think you might have been exposed.
Concerned? Then do something. Ignoring it will not help.
Get this book and share it with your friends—Diseases like STDs will only thrive in darkness and ignorance.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases—Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention-2nd Edition – Assembled and Edited by R.J.Banis, PhD, (2006)  Illustrated with more than 70 photographs and illustrations, ISBN 1-888725-58-3, 8¼X5¼,  290 pp, $18.95 


What if you test positive for an incurable STD such as Herpes or HPV?

Is it the end of the world? No!

Many people have the same circumstances. Carrying on a normal life can be helped by finding people who undertand. Find organizations that help with this, 

Positive Singles Groups - The best place in the world for meeting  singles with STDs.

Diagnosed with an incurable STD, such as HIV or Herpes (HSV)? Life isn't done! These are treatable and you can still have a social life in a responsible way. Exposure of others to the infection is an ethical issue, but There are very resources for finding others in the same situation who would not suffer from exposure and are as eager as you are to carry on normal relationships. See the discussion on this in the chapter on "Statistics and STDs." Learn more at one of the positive relationship websites such as

Don't go on facing embarrassing questions in new relationships  or worrying about spreading  disease, Enjoy a normal life with good relationships  There are many people looking for friendship with you.

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