The World Health Organization reports that there over a million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) or infections (STI) every day.
More than 376 million cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and trichomoniasis are registered worldwide. The latest data was from 2016, the latest year of the report.
WHO expert Teodora Wi warns the public of the dangers of our time. Particularly now that “sex is becoming more accessible (through things like) dating apps”. Wi told media that the decline of condom use may be attributed to people losing their fear of contracting HIV with the presence of antiviral treatments.
The executive director of WHO’s Universal Health Coverage, Peter Salma, that there is a “lack of progress in stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections worldwide”. Salma urged authorities to make STI prevention and treatment accessible to everyone.
WHO’s latest global report showed that an average of 127 million people ages 15 to 49 had contracted chlamydia back in 2016. 87 million people were infected with gonorrhea and 6.3 million had syphilis. A parasitic STD called trichomoniasis (trich) affected some 156 million people.
Experts of WHO consider STIs a “hidden epidemic” across the globe. Melanie Taylor, author of the WHO report said to journalists:
“We consider this a hidden epidemic, a silent epidemic, a dangerous epidemic.”
The health agency continued to warn that STIs will possibly become incurable in the future. Given the growth of antimicrobial resistance and drug shortages around the world. WHO stresses the importance of screening for STIs among those who are sexually active.