In this era of high-technological medicine, do behavioral interventions still have a role? Decidedly so, absent effective prevention, ie,
vaccines. The authors of the forward of this book, H. Hunter Handsfield,
MD, and Edward W. Hook, MD, review the efforts of Surgeon General Thomas Parran, who in 1937 published Shadow on the Land: Syphilis, which mapped behavioral efforts to control that disorder. The advent of the antibiotic era pushed behavioral interventions largely aside until the emergence of AIDS. In their introduction, the editors of Behavioral Interventions for Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Diseases acknowledge that biomedical interventions still trump social and behavioral preventive measures. Given the lesser funding that social and behavioral efforts receive, it is particularly important that clinicians know what is efficacious and effective. This book sets out to comprehensively review the literature resulting from the marriage of behavioral science and public health over the past 30 years.
Veenhuis PE. Behavioral Interventions for Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. JAMA. 2008;299(4):457–462. doi:10.1001/jama.299.4.460-b