Fall 2023

Beyond Sex Ed

Understanding Sexually Transmitted Infections

From the Series Healthy Living Library

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

“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.

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category 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
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2023-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN024030, YAN024080, YAN051040
Dewey 616.95/100835
Dimensions 6 x 9
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Table of contents

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.



“[T]his timely book about STIs offers some invaluable resources for teens . . .up-to-date and helpful.” — Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Offers direct, clear, useful, and possibly lifesaving information to teens.”—Kirkus Reviews