Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Syphilis in pregnancy: Syphilis infects 1% or more of antenatal care attendees in nearly one half of countries (59 of 125 countries).
Syphilis in pregnancy causes stillbirth, prematurity, low birthweight, neonatal disease, and infections in newborns. These adverse outcomes can be prevented with a simple and inexpensive test and treatment with penicillin.

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Syphilis testing in pregnancy

<50%of antenatal care attendees are tested for syphilis in 36 countries

Syphilis in pregnancy

Syphilis in sex workers

≥5%of sex workers are infected with syphilis in 35 countries

Sex workers with active syphilis

Sexually transmitted infections

498 millionpeople aged 15 to 49 are infected each year with chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, or trichomoniasis

2008 global estimates on incidence and prevalence of selected curable STIs