SAMUEL KNOX, B.S.; A. MARTIN LERNER, M.D.
To the editor: The continuing annual rise in new episodes of infectious diseases spread by human sexual contact is so great that the "epidemic" may be considered "hyperendemic". Syphilis, gonorrhea, and venereal warts have been joined by human infections caused by herpes simplex virus, type 2, Chlamydia trachomatis; Ureaplasma urealyticum; group B streptococci; and hepatitis B virus, among other agents. Yearly, there are 8.6 to 11.1 million episodes of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, affecting patients from every socioeconomic stratum. The American Academy of Family Practice has offered its support in the care of these patients (1), and
KNOX S, LERNER AM. The VD National Hotline. Ann Intern Med. ;95:513. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-4-513_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(4):513.
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