HPV is a little known STD/virus... but yet is the #1 STD on the planet. Information on HPV needs to be more accessible to women and their partners. This book is a wonderful step forward in doing so.
This book has a lot of information on the virus itself, and how it infects the body to cause dysplasia and potentially cervical cancer. (The first chapter is more clinical than the rest.) There are some guidelines for preventing the spread, but I do have some complaints on some things the book seems to miss:
- More information on treatments and their side effects/recovery expectations.
- The book seems to concentrate on cervical cancer being the major concern... and while it is deadly, most cervical cancers are preventable by catching dysplasia early. My primary concern is with dysplasia itself, and the frustration of treating and follow-up with it.
- There's not a lot of information on what you can do to help mild dysplasia (the most common diagnosis) heal on it's own.
- The book doesn't cover a lot about multiple HPV strain infections (which I believe is important information for anyone not in a monogamous relationship.)
There's still a lot of missing information in medical science in regards to HPV...and hopefully as more is known, future editions of this and other books will incorporate what is found and be able to give us useful information on preventing and treating HPV relate conditions.
Overall, I highly encourage all sexually active people to educate themselves on HPV and other STDs. This book is an excellent choice for this, especially if you're curious as to HOW the virus infects.