More Than 376M New Cases Of 4 Sexually Transmitted Infections Diagnosed Annually, WHO Estimates Show

BBC News: One million new STIs every day, says WHO
“One million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur every single day, the World Health Organization has estimated. That means more than 376 million new cases annually of four infections — chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis…” (6/6).

The Guardian: STIs spreading at rate of more than 1m a day, says WHO
“…The WHO says too little attention is paid to STIs, the data is inadequate and there is a risk that some will spiral out of control as the bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. … Dr. Teodora Wi, the WHO’s medical officer for sexually transmitted infections, said STIs were more common than generally believed and did not get enough attention, and people who got infections were stigmatized and neglected…” (Boseley, 6/6).

The Telegraph: A ‘silent epidemic’: one in every 25 people globally are carrying an STI, warns new study
“…The study, published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, highlights how STIs have a serious impact on the health of adults and children and, if untreated, can lead to infertility, stillbirths, increased risk of HIV, and even cardiovascular and neurological complications. Syphilis is a particular problem for pregnant women with around 200,000 stillbirths and deaths of newborn babies every year linked to the infection…” (Gulland, 6/6).

USA TODAY: ‘A wake-up call’: 1 million new sexually transmitted infections every day, WHO reports
“… ‘We’re seeing a concerning lack of progress in stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections worldwide,’ Peter Salama, executive director for universal health coverage, said in a news release. ‘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’…” (Ravikumar, 6/6).

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