In humanitarian settings, the vulnerabilities for STI transmission include sexual violence and sexual abuse and exploitation, the presence of high mobility workers, transactional sex, alcohol and drug use, lack of information and access to condoms and high population density in camps. Even in low prevalence settings, the stage is set for STIs, including HIV, to quickly spread in the absence of appropriate and effective interventions.
Featured Key Resource
Consolidated Guidelines on The Use of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating and Preventing HIV Infection; Recommendations for a Public Health Approach; Second Edition. WHO 2016
The WHO's most up to date guidelines for the diagnosis, and prevention and treatment of HIV with antiretroviral drugs in low and middle income countries.View the resource
Facts & Stats
8% to 90% of the global burden of STIs occurs in the developing world. An estimated 340 million episodes of curable sexually transmitted infections (chlamydial infections, gonorrhoea, syphilis, trichomoniasis) occur throughout the world every year.
Reference: WHO, Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections: 2006-2015: Breaking the Chain of Transmission, Geneva, 2007.