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SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH IN WOMEN

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  • Helen Varney Burst CNM, MSN, DHL (Hon.), FACNM

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    • Helen Varney Burst is a professor in the Yale University School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Program, from which she graduated with her MSN and Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery in 1963. She is the author of Varney's Midwifery, 3rd edition and co-author of Varney's Pocket Midwife.


Helen Varney Burst, CNM, MSN, DHL (Hon.), FACNM, Professor, Nurse-Midwifery Program, Yale University School OF Nursing, 100 Church Street South, New Haven, CT 06536.

ABSTRACT

The effect of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) on the reproductive health of women, the reasons why women bear a disproportionate percent of STD morbidity and mortality, and the factors contributing to an increased risk for STDs and their complications in women are enumerated. Conclusions and recommendations from the 1997 Institute of Medicine report, The Hidden Epidemic: Confronting Sexually Transmitted Diseases, are categorized and addressed. The categories are education, population groups, and clinical practice. The contributions of midwives to implementing pertinent Institute of Medicine recommendations in basic and continuing education programs, individual practice, and in influencing policy are detailed. Factual information about STDs, risk assessment history, essential STD-related services, and treatment guidelines are provided in tables.

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