Beyond Sex Ed
Understanding Sexually Transmitted Infections
From the Series Healthy Living Library
“So much has happened in the years since AIDS first emerged. Whereas once an HIV diagnosis was a death sentence, today patients can live long and full lives. But . . . [AIDS] remains a highly stigmatized disease. Remnants of discrimination can be seen everywhere, from the testing of health care workers and segregation of prisoners to travel restrictions and criminalization.”—Professor Lawrence Gostlin, Georgetown University
People between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four account for almost half of more than twenty million new sexually transmitted infections reported in the United States each year. Despite how common these infections are, recognizing them, getting proper treatment, and talking about them with sexual partners, friends, and parents or guardians can be difficult or uncomfortable.
Educating people about STIs has always been difficult. However, with proper testing and treatment, all STIs are manageable, and most are curable too. Understanding STIs is the first step to managing them.
This detailed guide explains the transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for common STIs such as chlamydia, HIV and AIDS, and herpes. It also outlines risk reduction practices to avoid contracting or spreading STIs and provides strategies for people living with chronic infections.
|Grade 8 - Grade 12
|Science, Young Adult
|5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
|Lerner Publishing Group
|Twenty-First Century Books ™
|Number of Pages
Author: Tabitha Moriarty
Tabitha Moriarty is a medical student living in Atlanta, Georgia. She has co-authored several titles in the Healthy Living Library series.
Author: Diane Yancey
Diane Yancey is the author of Tuberculosis and Eating Disorders for Twenty-First Century Medical Library as well as several other nonfiction titles for young people. She lives in western Washington.