Sexually Transmitted Infections Desk Guide
Globally, 357 million new cases of these four (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis) curable STI’s are acquired annually mostly by people aged 15–49 years. Sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) remain a priority in HIV response. Some viral STI’s, like human papillomavirus (HPV), HSV2 and HIV, are still incurable and can be deadly, while some bacterial STI’s like chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and chancroid are curable if detected and treated.
A strong STI response will not only alleviate the burden of STI’s but will also have a beneficial impact on other health issues, on adolescent. The STI response needs to be integrated with different health programmes and needs to be applied across sectors, including through school-based health education.