Sexual and reproductive health

The World Health Assembly adopts strategies on STIs, HIV and Hepatitis

Photo of male condoms of different colours.

26 May 2016: Member States of the WHO adopted the “Global Health Sector Strategy on Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2016 - 2021” at the 69th World Health Assembly. This follows extensive and broad consultation, and as part of the work being undertaken to meet the challenges of an ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals, WHO submitted three global health sector strategies to cover HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Global estimates shed light on toll of sexually transmitted infections

World map showing the WHO global estimates of curable STIs
WHO estimates: 357 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections in 2012.

08 December 2015: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have a profound impact on sexual and reproductive health worldwide, and continue to cause a major burden of disease. Global estimates, published in the journal PLOS ONE today, show that an estimated 357 million new infections occur every year with one of 4 STIs: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis.

Substantial number of genital herpes infections caused by herpes simplex virus type 1

28th October 2015: Approximately two-thirds of the population under age 50 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which commonly causes orolabial herpes (‘cold sores’) and which can also cause genital herpes. In the first WHO global and regional estimates of the burden of HSV-1 infection ever published, the authors state that around 3.7 billion people under age 50 are infected with the virus.

WHO validates elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba

Cuba. Pregnant women in the waiting room of an antenatal clinic.

30 June 2015 - Washington DC-Geneva - Cuba today became the first country in the world to receive validation from the World Health Organization that it has eliminated mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis. “Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible. This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

2016-2021 Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections

The draft global health sector strategy on sexually transmitted infections describes an important component of the health sector contribution. It outlines actions for countries and for WHO.

Monitoring and estimates of STIs

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