Concerning lack of progress in stopping spread of sexually transmitted infections


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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Every day, there are more than a million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among people aged 15-49 years, according to new data released by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

The latest data shows that there were 127 million new cases of chlamydia in 2016, 87 million of gonorrhoea, 6.3 million of syphilis and 156 million of trichomoniasis among men and women aged 15-49 years. Approximately 13.5 per cent (50.8 million) of these infections occurred in low-income countries, territories and areas, 31.4 per cent (118.1 million) in lower middle income, 47.1 per cent (177.3 million) in upper-middle income and 8.0 per cent (30.1 million) in high-income countries (available from the data repository). 

The estimates of prevalence and incidence in 2016 were similar to those in 2012, both globally and by region, the report said. 

“We’re seeing a concerning lack of progress in stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections worldwide,” said Dr Peter Salama, Executive Director for Universal Health Coverage and the Life-Course at WHO. “This is a wake-up call for a concerted effort to ensure everyone, everywhere can access the services they need to prevent and treat these debilitating diseases.”

The data is published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization