Sex transmitted diseases lurk ahead

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Despite the decline of sexually transmitted diseases until the turn of the century, experts believe that such diseases could occur more in the future, revealed at a press conference in the sexually transmitted infection (STI) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) World Congress 2013 in Vienna.

It was said that bacterial diseases have developed to become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, especially “older” STIs like syphilis and gonorrhea, as well as viral and fungal infections like human papillomaviruses, Herpex and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The World Health Organization estimate that around 448 million new cases of curable STIs was seen in individuals aged 19 to 49 years old age bracket each year. With the prevalence of HIV cases, there is a higher potential for frequency of transmission.

Angelika Stary, the chair of the STI and AIDS World Congress, said that in Austria, the resistance in treatment of gonorrhea is observed. She also said that syphilis can be treated better with the normal penicillin treatment.

Shiela Mañalac

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