Sexually Transmitted Disease
An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment, and Issues
by Jill Grimes, MD, Editor Kristyn Fagerberg, MD, and Lori Smith, MD, Coeditors
November 2013, 784pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0134-1
$198, £153, 173€, A272
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This up-to-date, two-volume work provides A-Z coverage of all topics related to sexually transmitted disease, ranging from anatomy to modern legal and social implications to past and present methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Sexually transmittable diseases are a sensitive and embarrassing subject. Many sexually transmitted diseases are silent, providing no symptoms until they cause serious medical problems. But with one in four Americans over the age of fourteen being infected with a sexually transmitted infection, the topic of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is a highly relevant health issue. This work contains over 230 entries that span the history and wide range of topics regarding STDs, from the birth of condoms over 3,000 years ago through discovery of the infectious agents and the invention of effective vaccines to the legal and societal implications of STDs.

This two-volume encyclopedia investigates the spectrum of sexually transmitted diseases and related topics and issues, describing their microscopic origins, the chronology of research and medical treatment, the body parts affected, and the modern-day methods of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of spread. Additionally, this work addresses legal implications of disease transmission, psychosocial impacts, as well as long-term medical consequences such as potential infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and chronic pelvic pain.


  • Supplies a wide spectrum of information about sexually transmitted diseases, ranging from their microscopic origins to the researchers who discovered them to their transmission, diagnosis, and treatment, and the long-term medical consequences of infection
  • Includes up-to-date, accurate, and evidence-based recommendations and statistics regarding recent vaccines, prevention, diagnoses, treatments, legal implications, and effects on specific groups, including adolescents, the LGBTQ community, seniors, and others
  • Represents the sum knowledge of practicing physicians, legal experts, and academics across the United States
Jill Grimes, MD, FAAFP, is associate editor of The 5-Minute Clinical Consult and author of the award-winning Seductive Delusions: How Everyday People Catch STDs, now in its third year in Texas high school curricula. She is on faculty at University of Massachusetts Medical School and in private practice in Austin, TX. Grimes was a recipient of the President's Endowed Scholarship at Texas A&M University and received her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She has a passion for prevention and enjoys offering evidence-based medical advice through print, online, radio, and television media.

Kristyn Fagerberg, MD, has been in private practice in the Austin, TX, area for over a decade. Previously, she worked at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, GA, for four years. She completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at the Hughston Clinic. Fagerberg has authored numerous topics for The 5-Minute Clinical Consult textbook.

Lori Smith, MD, has been in private practice in Birmingham, AL, for 15 years, where she specializes in adolescent gynecology and advocates to promote awareness and patient education on the topic of sexually transmitted diseases. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where she was chief resident, and is a fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). She has given numerous lectures on the topic of sexually transmitted diseases and has appeared on various television shows discussing women's health care issues.


"[T]he need for a clearly written, informative, and accurate encyclopedia on the topic is clear. This book fulfills that need and more, addressing not only the basics of disease, symptoms, treatment, and prevention, but also the societal, financial, and personal aspects of STDs. . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended."—Choice, May 1, 2014

"This encyclopedia is up-to-date, accessible to lay readers, and full of practical information as well as historical and scientific background. It is an excellent choice for school, public, and consumer health libraries."—Booklist, March 15, 2014

"While the articles are broad, their bibliographies will be of help to those looking to explore more in depth. Extensive cross references, a detailed index, and a topical guide pull together disparate entries for improved reader access. Simply written, this title will be of interest to both the general public and undergraduate students studying health care, sociology, and social work."—Library Journal, Starred Review, January 30, 2014

"A well-written encyclopedia . . . timely and provides a thorough review of a topic that has the potential to impact any individual."—ARBA, January 1, 2014
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