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Let's end sexually transmitted infections now

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Bangkok   /   Wed, January 15, 2020   /  11:43 am
Let's end sexually transmitted infections now To protect against HPV, which is the most common STI, and which is a cause of cervical cancer in women, two doses of the HPV vaccine should reach all girls between the ages of 9 and 14. (Shutterstock/pittawut)

There are two things everyone should know about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). First, almost all STIs can be prevented through ready access to and use of a highly effective technology — condoms. The four most common STIs — chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomonas vaginalis — can be cured by antibiotics. Second, STIs don’t always show symptoms, despite the health impacts they can have. Untreated gonorrhea and chlamydia can cause infertility. Syphilis in a pregnant woman can cause fetal and neonatal illness and death. Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer. The key takeaways are simple. When access to appropriate products and services is provided, they are greatly empowering: Practice safe sex, get tested and, where necessary, use effective treatment. By working to ensure all people can access the products and services needed...

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