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 storyDenmark 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.
- Denmark campaign rebuilds confidence in HPV vaccination
- Collaboration among immunization programmes aims to bring Europe closer to stopping HPV
- Hepatitis A outbreaks in European Region mostly affecting men who have sex with men
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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