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.Read more
Top storyEarly diagnosis means successful treatment: 2 men living with HIV in Greece share their experience
Late diagnosis of HIV remains a challenge across the WHO European Region. Every second newly diagnosed person has already reached an advanced stage of the infection. In the European Union/European Economic Area, the latest data from 2017 show that almost 90% of AIDS diagnoses happened within just 90 days of the HIV diagnosis. This indicates that the majority of these AIDS cases could have been avoided with early diagnosis.
- New HIV diagnoses at alarmingly high levels in the European Region despite progress in EU/EEA
- Early diagnosis means successful treatment: 2 men living with HIV in Greece share their experience
- Universal access to testing and treatment is key to eliminating viral hepatitis
In focus1 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.Read more
The six things I'd advise my teenage daughter on her sexual health
Data and statistics
Number of new cases of sexually transmitted bacterial and protozoal infections that occur worldwide every year.
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