More than 1 million people a day get a sexually transmitted infection, WHO says

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(Thompson Reuters/CBC News) — More than a million people worldwide catch a sexually transmitted infection every day, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Four infections — chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and syphilis — account for a combined total of more than 376 million new cases annually, the WHO said in a report.

The vast majority of the infections are easily preventable and curable, the organization said, but some diseases, especially gonorrhea, are evolving into superbug forms that are increasingly difficult to treat with antibiotics.

“Sexually transmitted infections are everywhere. They are far more common than we think,” said Teodora Wi, a medical officer in the WHO’s department for reproductive health and research. (…)

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