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Major rise in STIs undermining global health targets, WHO warns

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q1150 (Published 22 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1150
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Rising numbers of cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and a slowdown in the decline of new cases of HIV and viral hepatitis risks jeopardising 2030 global health targets including sustainable development goals, the World Health Organization has warned.1

In a report published on 21 May WHO warned that the global response is currently “off track” to meet 2025 and 2030 targets for reducing new infections related to HIV, viral hepatitis, and STIs, which are causing 2.5 million deaths each year.

Increasing cases of STIs

Four curable STIs—syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis—account for over a million new infections daily globally, and the goal is to reduce these to fewer than 150 million …

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