Sexually transmitted infections

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major global cause of acute illness, infertility, long-term disability and death, with severe medical and psychological consequences for millions of men, women and infants. WHO/Europe advocates and assists Member States in the promotion of evidence- and human-rights-based policies and practices for STI control and prevention and in the development of national capacities to implement such policies and practices.

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Denmark campaign rebuilds confidence in HPV vaccination

When Eigil Rosegar Poulsen first heard about the controversy over the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination in Denmark, he became quite upset. Still, the debate sparked a desire to share his story. In 2010 Eigil lost his wife, Trine, to cervical cancer—a disease caused by the HPV virus—leaving him to raise their three daughters alone.

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1 in 100 women in Europe will develop cervical cancer

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the primary cause of cervical cancer. It is a highly contagious infection that is transmitted through sexual or skin-to-skin contact.

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The six things I'd advise my teenage daughter on her sexual health

Data and statistics

340 million

Number of new cases of sexually transmitted bacterial and protozoal infections that occur worldwide every year.

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