WHO: One Million STD New Diagnoses Every Single Day

Globally, more than one million new STI infections occur on a daily basis, the World Health Organization reports. Four conditions are responsible for the bulk of these new diagnoses – gonorrhoea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis and syphilis. Researchers have also identified a troublesome new trend. There have been multiple super-gonorrhoea infections. These involve a bacterial strain that has evolved to become antibiotic-resistant. As a result, such infections become nearly impossible to treat.

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Are We Close to the Development of Vaccines for Common STDs?

The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will grant massive sums for the research and development of STD vaccines over the coming five years. The scientific community will focus on the three most common STIs in the world – chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. While information about STIs is readily available, the incidence of such infections has increased rapidly. Because the diseases pose a serious public health risk in countries across the world, all efforts will be concentrated on their prevention and eventual eradication.

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The Truth about Teens and STIs in Singapore

In 2017, STI infection rates among teenagers in Singapore started going up for the first time in years. Research suggests that several factors contribute to risky behaviour among adolescents. While young people are aware of barrier contraception and its use, they lack the confidence to utilise condoms properly. Peer pressure and misunderstandings about the nature of STIs and their spread also contribute to problems. Openness on behalf of parents and educators are two of the key essentials for de-stigmatising sex and giving young individuals the information they need to engage responsibly with their peers.

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