STDs in the United States

A Reference Handbook

by David E. Newton


According to the CDC, reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reached an all-time high in 2015, costing the American healthcare system billions of dollars.

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April 2018


Pages 350
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Current Events and Issues/Health and Medicine
  Health & Wellness/Diseases and Conditions

STDs in the United States: A Reference Handbook provides information about sexually transmitted diseases and infections and their impact on both an individual and a societal level.

STDs in the United States: A Reference Handbook provides extensive background on the diagnosis, treatment, consequences, and public understanding of STDs. It also makes available to readers a host of tools and resources with which they can expand that understanding by carrying out additional research on the topic.

While this book provides much of the information about STDs found in other books for young adults, it does so in greater detail, which will help readers to make informed choices related to their sexual health. An array of resource materials includes information about important individuals and organizations in the field of STDs, a collection of data and relevant documents about STDs, an extensive annotated bibliography, a chronology, and a glossary. The first two chapters deal with the history and spread of STDs, along with detailed analysis of current related problems and possible solutions. An additional chapter includes essays by individuals writing on specific topics in the field.


  • Deals in detail with a number of topics not normally covered in competitor books, such as the nature of STDs in ancient periods, the Middle Ages, and early modern times
  • Considers in detail diseases not generally discussed to such an extent in other books, such as chlamydia and various emerging sexual diseases
  • Discusses the possibilities of vaccines for various STDs and inhibiting factors in their development, their possible benefits, and prospects for such vaccines
  • Outlines educational approaches that have been or could be used for mitigating the spread of STDs
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  • Subject coverage spans six main categories:
  • Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that supports statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, Web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
Author Info

David E. Newton holds an associate's degree in science from Grand Rapids Junior College, a BA in chemistry, an MA in education from the University of Michigan, and an EdD in science education from Harvard University. He is author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, and other educational materials. He taught mathematics, chemistry, and physical science in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for 13 years; was professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College in Massachusetts for 15 years; and was adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco for 10 years.

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