Interview with Ina Park, author of Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDs
Strange Bedfellows translates the latest science of sexually transmitted infections (STI) by blending stories of real people’s sexual escapades, historical tales, and in-depth interviews with leading scientists, venturing beyond the bedroom to examine the hidden role that STIs have played in our lives and society. Hailed by The New York Times as “joyful and funny” Strange Bedfellows was praised for its use of “compassion, science and a loving playfulness” to diffuse the stigma surrounding these common infections.
Ina Park is an Associate Professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, Medical Director at the California Prevention Training Center and a Medical Consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Division of STD Prevention. She cares for patients at San Francisco City Clinic, the city's publicly funded sexual health specialty clinic. She received her MD from the UCLA School of Medicine and MS in Clinical Research from the University of Minnesota-School of Public Health. Dr Park was a co-author of the 2021 CDC STI Treatment Guidelines and a contributor to the United States’ first Federal STI Strategic Plan (2021-2025). A fierce advocate for public health, she lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two sons.
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