New strategies to tackle and end STIs epidemics

Sept. 16, 2022
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to cause high rates of infections worldwide.

The 75th World Health Assembly in May 2022 agreed to the implementation of the new Global Health Sector Strategies on, respectively, HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections for the period 2022-2030 (GHSS). The new strategies propose a common vision to end AIDS and the epidemics of viral hepatitis and STIs by 2030. 

For STIs, the GHSS set ambitious targets to:

  • reduce new cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis;
  • reduce new cases of congenital syphilis;
  • increase the percentage of girls fully vaccinated with human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine by 15 years of age;
  • increase the percentage of screening of syphilis among priority populations and pregnant women, increase the percentage of screening of gonorrhea among priority populations;
  • increase the percentage of women screened for cervical cancer; and
  • increase the number of countries reporting antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae to the WHO Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Program. 

In order to accomplish this, GHSS recommends to deliver high-quality, evidence-based, people-centered STIs services across the cascade of STIs care; generate STIs data; engage communities and civil society; and drive innovations for STI prevention diagnostics, testing and treatment.

WHO release