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WHO expresses worry over eight million syphilis infection  in one year

By Maureen Okpe
May 23, 2024

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has expressed  worry over the setbacks in the fight against sexually transmitted diseases.

The UN organisation reported in Geneva, that the annual number of new syphilis infections rose from around 7.1 million in 2020 to eight million in 2022.

The organisation said that the largest increases were recorded on the American continent and in Africa, while, 230,000 people died from the bacterial disease in 2022

 WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “The rising incidence of syphilis raises major concerns,”

According to his organisation’s report, over one million people are infected with syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia or trichomoniasis every day.


These four sexually transmitted diseases are all curable.

From the WHO’s perspective, new HIV infections are also falling too slowly: In 2022 there were 1.3 million, only 200,000 fewer than in 2020.

On the other hand, the WHO reported positive progress: Around three-quarters of all people with HIV are being treated with antiretroviral drugs.

According to the report, many countries have already developed health strategies to prevent the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mothers to their children. 


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