(Last Updated On: May 4, 2019)

 

Authors: Vista, Emmerson Gale, MD, FPDS, DPSV

 

 

Abstract

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a public health problem worldwide. Hence in 2011, the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) started to take the initiative to document STI cases in all its institutions.
One major barrier to STI prevention and control is the stigma associated with STIs. STI counselling in primary care can help encourage patients to undergo STI testing, treatment and partner referral. HIV
In 2017, the Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific.
The risk of HIV infection may be reduced by abstaining from sex, limiting the number of sexual partners or sticking to a monogamous relationship, using condoms the right way when engaging in sex and avoiding sharing of needles. In HIV-positive individuals on the other hand, early initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) is said to improve their overall health and reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
STI infections like syphilis, HIV, HPV and herpes may on the rise but clinicians can have a significant impact on this trend. With effective screening, counselling, early and accurate diagnosis and treatment, the threat and burden of STIs can be greatly reduced.

 

Citation

Vista EG. Updates on sexually transmitted infections in the Philippines. J Phil Dermatol Soc. 2018; 27(1): 8-10.

 

Keywords

Sexually transmitted infection, syphilis, human papillomavirus, herpes simplex virus, human immunodeficiency virus,
updates

 

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