For the first time, country-level STI data are available through the WHO Global Health Observatory. This data are reported by countries to WHO. Below are the currently available indicators.
Syphilis affects large numbers of pregnant women worldwide, causing serious health problems and even death to their babies. One study estimates the percentage of pregnant women tested for syphilis and adequately treated, ranges from 30% for Africa and the Mediterranean region to 70% for Europe. Another study suggests that, unless testing and treatment of syphilis in pregnancy are universally available, over half of pregnancies in women with syphilis will result in an adverse outcome.
Impact of syphilis in pregnancy
WHO estimates 2 million pregnant women each year are infected with syphilis globally. Pregnant women who are infected with syphilis can transmit the infection to their fetus, causing congenital syphilis. Without treatment, approximately 1.2 million of these pregnant women will transmit the infection to their newborn, who may be stillborn, born early, born with a low birth weight, or congenitally infected as a result.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- WHO country data on STIs
- Over a million pregnant women infected with syphilis worldwide
- Congenital syphilis
- Global incidence and prevalence of selected curable sexually transmitted infections – 2008
- The importance of a renewed commitment to STI prevention and control
- Investment case for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of syphilis
- Strategies and laboratory methods for strengthening surveillance of sexually transmitted infection 2012
- Global action plan to control the spread and impact of antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae
- Cryosurgical equipment for the treatment of precancerous cervical lesions & prevention of cervical cancer