Sexual and reproductive health

Integrating STI management into family planning services: What are the benefits?

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Integrating STI management into family planning services: what are the benefits?

Publication details

Number of pages: 88
Publication date: 1999
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/99.10 - Web only


This publication documents experience with the integration of management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) into family planning services with a view to clarifying the public health benefit of this integration and highlighting the operational changes needed.

The review includes both published and unpublished reports of empirical evidence drawn from programme experience worldwide. The review demonstrates that a number of family planning projects and programmes have been experimenting with the integration of STI management into their services, with emphasis on STI prevention rather than STI care. Fears about family planning services being compromised by integration with STI management are apparently ill-founded; rather, the evidence suggests that integration of STI prevention elements may actually have enhanced family planning objectives more than STI objectives.