Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Key facts

• More than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day worldwide

• Each year, there are an estimated 376 million new infections with 1 of 4 STIs: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis.

• More than 500 million people are estimated to have genital infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV)

• More than 290 million women have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection

• The majority of STIs have no symptoms or only mild symptoms that may not be recognized as an STI.

• STIs such as HSV type 2 and syphilis can increase the risk of HIV acquisition.

• In some cases, STIs can have serious reproductive health consequences beyond the immediate impact of the infection itself

Credit: WHO


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