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WHO reports “concerning lack of progress” in stopping STI spread

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 07 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4124
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

There are more than one million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among people aged 15 to 49 years every day worldwide, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization.1

Approximately 1 in 25 people globally have at least one STI, with some experiencing multiple infections at the same time, and four key infections—chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis—account for over 376 million new cases annually, the report showed.

WHO said these findings are a “wake up call” for the international community, …

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