Sexual and reproductive health

STI & HIV World Congress 2017

The STI and HIV Congress will take place in Rio de Janeiro 9-13 July 2017. This unique meeting brings together the most prominent researchers in the field of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, to present new work, hear the latest interpretations of new data from world experts, and discuss the implications of these findings for health policy and delivery of patient care.

WHO will also be present in the exhibition hall at Stand 10. Please do visit us if you are at the Congress for more information on our work and our latest publications.


WHO will be present at the Congress. Staff from the WHO headquarters in Geneva and the Pan-American Health Organization will be presenting on a wide variety of STI and HIV-related subjects. There will also be a WHO booth in the Exhibition area and participants are invited to call by to speak with staff and see what’s new. The latest publications on a USB card will be made available to Congress participants.

WHO Pre-congress Symposium. Sunday 9 July 2017

STI Guidelines and STI Estimates. 8.00 – 12.00, Room Alvorada 1

The session will provide an update of the new WHO treatment guidelines on Neisseria gonorrhoea, Chlamydia trachomatis, Treponema pallidum and genital herpes simplex virus and the new syphilis screening and treatment guidelines among pregnant women. The evidence which were the basis for these guidelines as well as practical issues in implementation will also be highlighted. The roadmap for the development of new treatment for gonorrhoea will also be discussed. An overview of the WHO guideline development process will be discussed as well as emerging issues that need to be addressed related to treatment guideline development.

HIV research perspectives in Latin American women. 09.00 – 13.30, Room Liberdade

A woman-centred approach to healthcare is one that consciously adopts the perspectives of women, their families and communities. This means that health services see women as active participants in, as well as beneficiaries of, trusted health systems that respond to women’s needs, rights and preferences in humane and holistic ways. In taking a woman-centred approach, this new WHO guideline is founded upon the guiding principles of human rights and gender equality.

Rresourcing ambitious 2020 and 2030 targets for sexually transmitted infections. 13.00-17.00, Room Alvorada 1

The round table will review the human and population cost of STIs, update participants on current STI policy frameworks, identify possible sources of financing and discuss barriers and opportunities to financing the Global STI strategy.


A collection of articles published by PLOS, many of which are written by WHO staff will be launched during the congress and a Call for Papers on accelerating action on STIs will be made.