WHO Reports Highest STD Cases in Africa, See Latest Number of STI Carriers In Nigeria

by Victor Ndubuisi

According to new data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, sexually transmitted infections are becoming more common worldwide, with the African and American areas experiencing the largest increases.

This was said by Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, in his opening remarks at the virtual media briefing on global health challenges.

The National AIDS and STDs Control Programme estimates that there are roughly three million documented STI infections in Nigeria each year, with chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and trichomonas vaginalis being the main culprits.

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Women are especially susceptible to the short-, medium-, and long-term difficulties that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) might cause.


Ghebreyesus said, “New syphilis cases among adults aged 15-49 years increased by nearly one million in 2022, reaching eight million. And there were 230,000 syphilis-related deaths.

“The highest increases occurred in the Region for the Americas and the African Region. New data also show an increase in multi-resistant gonorrhoea.

“As of 2023, out of 87 countries where enhanced gonorrhoea antimicrobial resistance surveillance was conducted, nine countries reported elevated levels of resistance to the last line of treatment for gonorrhoea.”

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The head of the WHO did point out that the agency changed the course of treatment it advised to stop the spread of this type of gonorrhoea that is resistant to multiple drugs.

According to additional WHO data, 1.1 million expectant mothers were predicted to have syphilis in 2022, which would lead to about 390,000 unfavourable birth outcomes.



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