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Syphilis in pregnancy causes 300,000 fetal, neonatal deaths yearly -WHO

The World Health Organisation says syphilis in pregnancy leads to over 300,000 fetal and neonatal deaths every year globally.

250,000 Sexually-Transmitted Infections are acquired in Africa daily -WHO

The Africa Region of the organisation disclosed this on its Twitter handle @WHOAFRO on Tuesday.

It said syphilis in pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, and fetal growth restriction.

syphilis in pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, and fetal growth restriction

Syphilis is a bacterial infection transmitted through sexual contact, or from mother to child during pregnancy or postpartum. If left untreated, it can lead to life-threatening problems.

It further said that Africa has the highest syphilis rate globally and over one in 10 people in Africa are living with genital herpes.

Signs and symptoms of syphilis in male and female

It said Sexually Transmitted Infections are preventable; and that using condoms properly reduces risks of STIs.

STIs are infections that are transmitted through sexual contact. They are transmitted through sexual intercourse, anal or oral sex; though some STIs can be transmitted during pregnancy, childbirth, or through infected blood.

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“Women are more likely to suffer more severe, long-term symptoms of STIs than men. STIs can be treated, cured, or managed, however, they can have a long-term impact on your health.

Women are more likely to suffer more severe, long-term symptoms of Sexually-transmitted infections

“You can reduce your risk of STIs by always using a condom properly during any sexual activity. For STIs such as Human Papilloma Virus, you can also get vaccinated.

Getting tested regularly for STIs is a part of taking care of your sexual health, as early detection and proper treatment can impact your life.

“250,000 STIs are acquired every day in Africa. One in four cases of curable STIs are in Africa,” it added.

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