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Edited by Anne Edwards, Jackie Sherrard, Jonathan Zenilman. Abingdon: Published by Health Press, discount price for STI readers and BASHH members of £10 (usual price £15): order online from http://www.healthpress.co.uk quoting SN10 to obtain the discount price, pp 132. ISBN 978-1-903734-95-7.
This short text provides a very readable summary of the management of sexually transmitted infections, including a short section on HIV. It is attractively laid out with good clinical pictures to illustrate points made in the text, and the use of summary tables and key point lists in each chapter greatly enhance its readability. By its nature it cannot cover issues in great depth but in general it provides clear guidance to the non‐specialist with a suitably practical approach.
Although the role of the family physician in managing patients with sexually transmitted infections is mentioned in the introduction, the book is probably most appropriate for those with a special interest in STIs and would be a suitable primer for those entering the specialty or possibly developing an interest in this area whilst working in primary care. The combined UK/US authorship has led to some conflicts where recommendations in the two countries differ. In general the authors have handled this well, although occasionally their recommendations conflict with UK guidelines. Their preferred regimen for the treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease is in particular surprising (doxycycline and metronidazole) since it conforms with neither UK nor US guidelines and three studies have now shown it to be inferior to alternative regimens.
Overall Fast facts: sexually transmitted infections is to be recommended with just a few caveats.