Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Part of the Management of Common Diseases in Family Practice book series (MCDF)


Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are caught by changing sexual partners and by casual sex. They could therefore be completely avoided. Paradoxically, however, they are among the commonest infectious diseases in the world. Between 1949 and 1980 the number of new cases attending NHS clinics increased fourfold (Tables 7.1, 7.2). More than one person in every 100 of the UK population is likely to attend a clinic each year. Over the period referred to, gonorrhoea and non-specific infections increased significantly whereas syphilis has declined. Most important of all, perhaps, is that an estimated 1500–2000 young women become sterile each year as a result of infection by gonorrhoea (Catterall, 1979).


Genital Wart Genital Herpes Sexually Transmitted Disease Molluscum Contagiosum Congenital Syphilis 
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References and Further Reading

  1. Adler, M. W., Belsey, E. M. and Rogers, J. J. (1981). Sexually transmitted diseases in a defined population of women. Br. Med. J., 283, 29CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Adler, M. W. (1982). The G.P. and the specialist — genito urinary medicine. Br. Med. J., 284, 1677CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Adler, M. W. (1982). Contact tracing. (Editorial) Br. Med. J., 284, 1211CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Adler, M. and Mindel, A. (1983). Genital herpes hype or hope. (Editorial) Br. Med. J. 286, 1767CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Catterall, R. D. (1979). Venereology and Genito Urinary Medicine. 2nd Edn. ( London: Hodder & Stoughton )Google Scholar
  6. Hiscock, E. (1982). Sexually transmitted diseases in a general practice. J. R. Coll. Gen. Practit., 32, 627Google Scholar

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© D. Brooks and E.M. Dunbar 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Middleton, ManchesterUK
  2. 2.Regional Infectious Diseases UnitMonsall HospitalManchesterUK

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