A brief, almost pamphlet-sized guide to the basics on sexually transmitted diseases. Mandel and Mandel (both with the VD National Hotline) set out their information in question-and-answer format; and march straight through from ""What are STDs and how do people get them?"" to ""What do people think about someone who gets an STD?"" The authors briefly describe each STD (they include AIDS), and how they are and are not transmitted (""What parts of my body are most likely to be infected?""); strongly emphasize prevention (know your partner and discuss risks; use barrier methods of birth control for some protection); and offer advice on finding help: ""If I do get an STD, can it be cured?"" The answer to this last, of course, is sometimes. The brief advice here is to seek medical treatment. Throughout, prevention is the watchword--and there are no surprises. Readers seeking more comprehensive information and. help should see Corsaro and Korzeniowsky's standout STD: A Commonsense Guide. This is most useful as an introduction for younger teens or as a teaching prelude to further group discussion.