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From the Editor — Tell Us What You Think

Sexually Transmitted Disease, Sexually Transmitted Infection, Both, or Neither

Miller, William C. MD, PhD, MPH

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases: April 2015 - Volume 42 - Issue 4 - p 170
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000262
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In this edition of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, H. Hunter Handsfield,1 associate editor of the journal, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Washington, and past president of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Association, addresses an issue that all of us working in this field encounter commonly: is it STD, sexually transmitted infection, both, or maybe something else?

Many of us working in this field have an opinion on this topic. We want to hear yours. Over the next couple of months, please send us your opinions on these terms and, more specifically, on the issues considered in Dr Handsfield’s commentary. Is one term correct and the other incorrect? Or is one term preferred? Should we be using a different term? And if we should not be talking about STD anymore, what does that mean for the journal’s name and the American STD Association? In a future issue, we will have a follow-up commentary to address the issue further.

Dr Handsfield’s commentary will also be published on STD Prevention Online ( Please submit your responses and comments using the following link:


1. Handsfield HH. Sexually transmitted diseases, infections, and disorders: what’s in a name? Sex Transm Dis 2015; 42: 169.
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