Syphilis is a major cause of stillbirths – WHO

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Syphilis is a leading cause of infant mortality globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In a report released on Thursday, WHO also said that its statistics of 2016 which estimated 200,000 stillbirths and newborn deaths are caused by Syphilis has increased.

The health organization also said sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a health threat worldwide, especially among 15-49 year olds.

In a day, WHO said one million people around the world acquire the STIs.

The report also indicated the most common types of STIs are syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis.

“Untreated STIs lead to complications such as stillbirths, ectopic pregnancies, and infertility,” Dr Peter Salama, the executive director for Universal Health Coverage and the Life-Course at WHO said.

Salama urged all health institutions to ensure everyone can access services required for the prevention and treatment of the infections.

STIs are mostly spread through unprotected sex.

However, syphilis, gonorrhoea, and chlamydia can be spread during childbirth, pregnancy, unsterilized injections, and contact with infected blood.

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