A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection that is passed from one person to another through sexual contact. Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one in every four young women between the ages of 14 and 19 in the United States has at least one sexually transmitted disease. STDs can cause cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and HIV/AIDS, among other illnesses.
Living with Sexually Transmitted Diseases provides all the information teens need to understand this sensitive topic, including conditions, causes, prevention, and available treatments. Helpful sidebars, appendixes, and further reading guide additional exploration, and real-life examples throughout the book illustrate the impact of living with an STD. This informative new guide includes up-to-date information on chlamydia, hepatitis, syphilis, paying for care, and much more.
Index. Appendixes. Glossary. Sidebars. Further reading.
About the Author(s)
Carol A. Ford, M.D., is an associate professor in the School of Medicine and in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with a subspecialty certification in adolescent medicine. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Society for Adolescent Medicine and on the editorial board of the Journal of Adolescent Health. Her peer-reviewed articles have appeared in numerous journals.
Elizabeth Shimer Bowers writes about health for books, magazines, and Web sites. She was the lead author on Natural Hormone Solutions and Natural Calm, and has done writing and research for more than 25 other health books, including Prevention's Maximum Immunity; Reader's Digest 1,801 Home Remedies; The Women Doctors' Guide to Health and Healing; and Get Well, Stay Well. Her articles have been published in Prevention, Runner's World, and Philadelphia magazine, among other periodicals. Bowers is a copywriter and copyeditor for the National Women's Health Resource Center. She lives in New Castle, Delaware.