Books and Booklets

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ASHA offers a range of materials for individuals, including the selected products below. To see the full range of ASHA publications available, visit our online store.

Creating a Sexually Healthy Nation

Published in honor of ASHA's 100th year, this new hardcover volume of essays looks at the advances we've made in improving sexual health in the past century, as well as what still needs to be done to create a truly sexually healthy nation. Topics include:

—Sexual health and popular culture
—The evolution of sex ed
—Religion and sexual health
—Sex and sexuality as we age

Priced at $39.95, Creating a Sexually Healthy Nation is available for a limited time at the special centennial year price of $20.14 with FREE shipping

Visit ASHA's online store to download and view the complete table of contents and list of contributors, including Robert Fulliove (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health), Debby Herbenick (sexual health educator for The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction), H. Hunter Handsfield (Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Washington Center for AIDS and STD), Monica Rodrigez (President and CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, or SIECUS) and many more.

Pleasure: A Woman's Guide to Getting the Sex You Want, Need and Deserve

Written in the tone of a supportive and savvy friend who just happens to be a top sex expert, and featuring fifty revealing illustrations, Pleasure explores:

Author Hilda Hutcherson, MD, is s a co-director of the New York Center for Women’s Sexual Health at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Associate Dean for Diversity and Minority Affairs at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Hutcherson has practiced gynecology for more than twenty years and has been featured in print and electronic media including “Oprah,” Cosmopolitan, Ebony, Fitness, and Health among others. She is a regular contributor to Essence magazine.

Managing Herpes: Living & Loving with HSV
Charles Ebel and Anna Wald, MD, MPH

Managing Herpes is an essential resource for anyone dealing with genital herpes. This well researched and recently updated edition provides a balanced, reassuring perspective on the medical and emotional issues surrounding genital herpes. The nineteen chapter volume covers treatment options, transmission, pregnancy, telling your partner, impact on sexuality, longterm relationships, vaccine research, and much more. The latest edition of Managing Herpes is available from ASHA for only $21.95.

When a person is newly diagnosed, they can become overwhelmed with misleading information. Managing Herpes provides a clear overview of the herpes virus, the risks, the treatment options and preventative measures. If you are looking for a resource that explains herpes, this is it!"
--Edward W. Hook, III, MD


Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva

Many, if not most, people remain in the dark about the actual workings of the vagina and vulva. The primary purpose of Read My Lips is to educate women and men about the vulva and vagina in a manner that is smart, informative, and entertaining. Readers, both women and men alike, will come to think differently about women's genitals and become a little more curious and a lot more comfortable with them. They will learn more about the female body in terms of health, sex, pleasure, culture, and art. Though based on sound scientific and medical research, Read My Lips is accessible, so women and men who are curious about the clitoris, Brazilian waxing, labiaplasty, or whether the G-spot really exists, will find something of interest in these pages.

Author Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, is the co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in Indiana University’s School of Public Health and the sexual health educator for The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She is also the author of five books about sex and love.

Understanding Herpes: Written primarily for the newly diagnosed patient, Understanding Herpes covers all the basics on herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection. This 16-page booklet explains in clear and simple language how herpes is transmitted, symptoms of herpes, treatment options, and how to deal with the social and psychological issues that may surround a herpes diagnosis. Understanding Herpes is also an important resource for health care providers who want more information about the complex issues surrounding HSV.

If you are looking for a concise and informative introduction to herpes, Understanding Herpes is for you. It is currently available for the sale price of $2.95 at ASHA's online store.


Coming SoonHPV IN PERSPECTIVE: An essential guide for the newly-diagnosed patient, or anyone looking for more detailed, comprehensive information than found in a basic brochure, HPV in Perspective covers all aspects of human papillomavirus infection. This booklet addresses such topics as:

. . . and more. HPV in Perspective helps the patient understand HPV, clarify emotions and questions surrounding diagnosis, and communicate more easily with health providers, friends and partners.


Color Atlas & Synopsis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Third Edition, by H. Hunter Handsfield,MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington Center for AIDS and STD, is a clinical guide of up-to-date information on diagnosis, tests and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases. The third edition offers an outline presentation that features color photographs of each STD, from the authors extensive personal collection, accompanied by a concise overview of epidemilogy, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and management, and prevention.

While written primarily for the clinician, Color Atlas & Synopsis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Third Edition also can serve as a visual aid in counseling patients and will be useful to many health educators, clinic managers, and health administrators. Additionally, this book also is designed in part for persons with STDs or at risk, many of whom will find it useful in understanding their own infections, assessing their risk, or judging the importance of symptoms that may require clinical assessment.


Herpes Info Pack: The Herpes Info Pack is a collection of ASHA materials on all aspects of herpes. The Info Pack includes a collection of some of ASHA’s most popular brochures, as well as the 16-page booklet Understanding Herpes (see a full description of this booklet above).

Three brochures are included in the Herpes Info Pack are: Herpes, Questions and Answers, covering basic FAQs about herpes infection,Herpes, What's True and What's False, addressing common myths and misconceptions about herpes, and How to Talk to Your Partner about Herpes, offering straightforward advice on communicating with your partner about genital herpes.

The Herpes Info Pack is available for only $6.00 (shipping and handling included) from ASHA's online store.

Online newsletters

The Helper: Published since 1979, The Helper is ASHA's award-winning herpes newsletter. The Helper provides the latest information on treatment options, vaccine development, HSV research, vaccine development, and other news in the field of sexually transmitted infections. The Helper also offers features that address the social and emotional aspects of herpes, from relationships and dating to local support groups and online resources. 

The Helper is now offered for free online, and readers can subscribe for RSS updates.

HPV NEWS: Get the latest information on HPV with HPV News is a free online publication covering all aspects of HPV. HPV News provides information on genital warts, cervical cancer prevention, the latest scientific discoveries and the newest treatment information. It also addresses the emotional aspects of being diagnosed with HPV, offering support and advice through regular columns such as “Ask the Experts” and “Personal Perspectives.”