A million people a day get sexual infections

Henrietta Strickland
June 10, 2019

More than 376 million cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and trichomoniasis are registered worldwide.

People are "more complacent about protection", she said, adding that this was unsafe at a time when "sex is becoming more accessible (through things like) dating apps".

It says that one in 25 people have at least one curable sexually transmitted infection.

"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", Dr Peter remarked.

Health experts warn that if left untreated, those infections can seriously affect a person's health by raising the risk for things like infertility, pregnancy complications, and cardiovascular disease.

Syphilis alone caused an estimated 200 000 stillbirths and newborn deaths in 2016, making it one of the leading causes of baby loss globally. 87 million people were infected with gonorrhea and 6.3 million had syphilis.

"We consider this a hidden epidemic, a silent epidemic, a risky epidemic".

Correct condom use was one of the most effective methods for protecting against STI transmission.

The health agency continued to warn that STIs will possibly become incurable in the future. The majority of the infections are preventable and curable, but some diseases - like gonorrhoea - are evolving into super-bug forms and that are increasingly hard to treat with antibiotics, the World Health Organization said in a report.

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