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The Hidden Epidemic: Confronting Sexually Transmitted Diseases

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7120.1477 (Published 29 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1477
  1. Michael Adler, professor of genitourinary medicine/sexually transmitted diseases
  1. University College London Medical School, London

    Institute of Medicine: National Academy Press, £32.95, pp 275 ISBN 0 309 05495 8

    There is a tendency to look on AIDS and HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases as issues largely of the developing world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa and Southern and South East Asia. However, some rich industrialised countries, particularly the United States, have an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases (about 12 million new cases annually, of which 3 million occur in teenagers), and no national coordinated control programme of education and clinical services.

    The Hidden Epidemic is the report of a 16 member committee on prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases set up by the Institute of Medicine to assess the current impact of such diseases and to “provide direction for future public health programmes, policy and research in STD prevention and …

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