Before AIDS, the role of behavioral interventions in preventing
transmission of sexually transmitted diseases was acknowledged in
text books and journals but rarely promoted effectively in public
health practice. Informed by a comprehensive knowledge of
behavioral theory, intervention methods, and affected populations,
the authors of this important book examine the central role of
behavioral interventions in combating STDs. The book addresses the
complexities and social contexts of human behaviors which spread
STDs, the cultural barriers to STD education (ranging from
conservative mores to "stay out of my bedroom" libertarianism), and
the sociopolitical nuances surrounding treatment. Over forty
contributors offer a practical appraisal of what is being done now
and what can be improved, such as: an overview of current
behavioral and biomedical interventions for STD prevention and
control, a discussion of what works for individuals, groups, and
communities, up to date thinking about such traditional prevention
approaches as partner notification and health care seeking, STD
prevention strategies with high-risk populations, including drug
users, gay men, teenagers, incarcerated persons, and persons with
repeat infections, the state of prevention technology: condoms,
vaccines, the Internet, ethical, economic, and policy issues in STD
prevention, applying intervention models to real-world situations,
guidelines for program evaluation and improvement.
As STDs and AIDS remain top priorities for public health and
private sector practitioners, researchers, and educators,
"Behavioral Interventions for Prevention and Control of Sexually
Transmitted Diseases" gives a long-neglected field theattention it
deserves. This authoritative resource is sure to influence public
health practice and policy in an ever-evolving social climate.
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