Review of “STD/HIV Prevention Action: Let’s Protect Each Other” authored by Samuel Frimpong MD, MPH.
Samantha E. Evans, MS, CHES. Health Promotion Specialist/Sexual Health, GatorWell Health Promotion Services. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Dr. Samuel Frimpong draws upon his extensive experience as a CDC certified STD/HIV disease intervention specialist and Human Services Program Specialist for HIV/AIDS to provide a practical, “hands-on,” guidebook to assist youth, young adults, and adults in protecting themselves from STD/HIV infections and the associated complications.
Although the book is set in a semi-formal format, I feel that the concepts and action plans that Dr. Frimpong shares are well defined and clear. Dr. Frimpong created a resource appropriate for the intended audience and convincingly does so by sharing his experiences, both personally and professionally, such as global scientific literature, statistics, and field experience.
I found the information that he shared to be accurate and well organized. In particular, I agree with his comments in regards to encouraging others to increase their knowledge about sexually transmitted diseases and then talk openly and honestly to sex partners, together formulating a STD/HIV prevention action plan. For example, in the introduction, he shared:
“I want to motivate people to acquire a level of understanding from my practical experiences, which I believe will be helpful to those who are ready to take on the responsibility. I want people to love themselves more and love their sexual partners, yet demonstrate that act of love by giving their future sex partners the chance to test for STD/HIV. I want people to protect each other from the complications of STD/HIV—suffering and death.” (Introduction, xxi)
The only area of criticism that I have comes with the books images. First, I’m not sure if the heart graphic on the covert ties in with the content/topic of the book. I’m not even sure if a graphic is needed on the cover. In addition to that, the graphics/pictures included in the text were very grainy and hard to decipher. I’m also not even sure if the graphics are necessary to include, especially because some of the individuals in the target audience (youth and adolescents), might view them as scary. It has been found time and again that scare tactics are not effective in support true, long-term health behavior change. However, if the audience were clinicians and/or professionals in health related fields, then the images would be more appropriate and likely to be taken in context.
Overall, I found “STD/HIV Prevention Action: Let’s Protect Each Other” to be informative and convincing read and would recommend it to both the target audience, of young adults, and interested health care professionals.
Samantha E. Evans, MS, CHES Health Promotion Specialist/Sexual Health GatorWell Health Promotion Services University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:5.0 out of 5 stars STD/HIV Prevention Action, July 11, 2010 By Dr. Arturios - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)This review is from: STD/HIV Prevention Action: Let's Protect Each Other (Paperback)Very educational a must read,I am fortunate that I had the opportunity to work with Dr.Sam Fimprong so I know about the facts and experiences that this book is based upon. Prevention is the key to health care "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure". This book informs us about prevention on the spread of HIV/AIDS at its deepest level.5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, November 1, 2011
By Jill - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)This review is from: STD/HIV Prevention Action: Let's Protect Each Other (Paperback)This was a very informative book on HIV/AIDS. I especially appreciate that Dr. Frimpong focused on the effects of HIV on women. I also found the medical explanations very informative and easy to understand. This book gives great information on the subject of HIV and prevention and is also easy to read and that is why I believe this would be a great addition to any high school or college class that explores sexual health and HIV/AIDS.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!, November 10, 2010 By C. Christie - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)This review is from: STD/HIV Prevention Action: Let's Protect Each Other (Paperback)This is a very informative read! Dr Frimpong does an excellent job in giving a different perspective on STD/HIV transmission and prevention. Dr Frimpong thoroughly researched and focused on many overlooked situations that occur and contribute to the spread of STDs and HIV. I highly recommend this book to everyone as it gives a more informative look into what is actually occurring but being ignored in many of our communities. I guarantee that after reading this book, you'll understand exactly what problems are being overlooked and what can be done to combat the transmission of STDs and HIV.
Mindquest Reviw of Books. Noteworthy Books. Winter Holidays Edition, 2011 by Bernie Nelson, Lightword Publishing, 10348 West US Hwy. 90, Del Rio, TX 78840. STD/HIV PREVENTION ACTION: Let’s Protect Each Other by Samuel Frimpong, MD. MPH Subject: The negative effects of STD and HIV are dramatically presented by the author, a recognized expert with years of experience as a Human Services Program HIV/AIDS Specialist, and certified STD/HIV Specialist. Six major prevention measures are revealed. The major STD/HIV associated complications are discussed. Noteworthy: The book provides a comprehensive, workable plan for avoiding sexually transmitted diseases. The author’s advice is backed by scientific fact, statistics, and experience in community health prevention service. Included is STD/HIV treatments, effects of STDs on reproductive organs, treatment methods, and the other sexually related diseases. Details: iUniverse, 254 pgs., $20.95. ISBN: 9780595521371. www.iuniverse.com www.amazon.comwww.bn.com (Barnes & Noble)