From the Series USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, reports that in the United States “about 19 million new [STD infections, other than AIDS] occur each year, about half in young people between ages 15 and 24.” Sexually transmitted diseases are bacterial or viral infections that can be passed from person to person. Understanding STDs—their prevalence, their symptoms, how they are passed, and how they can be treated—is an important first step in controlling the diseases.

In this book, you’ll read case studies and receive up-to-date information on the symptoms and treatments of major STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes, Hepatitis B, genital warts, and HIV/AIDS. You’ll also learn how to avoid catching the diseases and how people manage STDs for which there is no cure. All of these facts can help you understand what can be done if you or someone close to you has an STD.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN024030, YAN024080, YAN050010
Dewey 616.95'1
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.125 x 9
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

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.

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“The writing is clear and the coverage of the topic of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) is comprehensive.” —Science Books & Films


“The USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders series adds five new titles to bring its offerings to a total of sixteen. One of the new volumes, Diabetes, provides an up-to-date overview of a disease that is reaching epidemic proportions among young people. From how it is detected to how people control their blood sugar on a day-to-day basis, Brill is practical but friendly in her presentation of information and advice, noting that ‘in the end, the patient is the most important person on the [diabetes] care team. . . . It’s up to you to take charge of your treatment.’ She also interviews several teens diagnosed with diabetes, and their input enlivens the text. New developments, such as the use of an infrared thermometer to detect possible infection in the feet, will be of interest to teens researching the disease on behalf of themselves, a loved one, or a school project. In STDs, Yancey writes in a straightforward manner about sexually transmitted diseases, opening with the profiles of several teens coping with an STD. With no interviews cited in the back matter, it is assumed that these are fictional teens. Quotes from actual young people (including middle schoolers and more than one LGBTQ teen) would increase the book’s teen appeal and lighten its sometimes formal tone. The causes, symptoms, and treatments of the main STDs, however, are thoroughly covered, from the emotional side effects of genital herpes to the dangers of ordering an HIV home sample collection kit online (there is only one FDA-approved kit). Both books prominently feature the USA TODAY brand on the page footers, graphs and charts, and articles pulled ‘From the pages of USA TODAY.’ Though a reader may benefit from seeing these articles in the subject context, some date as far back as 2000 and interrupt the flow and layout of the text. Teen readers seeking health information on their own may find more appeal in a book such as Sex: A Book for Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex, and Safety, by Nikol Hasler, but students, teachers, and librarians looking to supplement health textbooks with current information will find this series valuable. Other new titles in this series include Leukemia, Allergies, and Obesity.” —VOYA