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Presentation synopsis:

Global epidemiology of HIV and STIs

HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been inextricably linked since the onset of the HIV epidemic. STIs increase HIV transmission. However, earlier trials revealed concerning evidence on the impact of STI control on HIV incidence, leading to decrease interest in STIs. Remarkable progress has been made in HIV. Evidence revealed that ART can reduce HIV transmission. There are indications of decreasing new HIV infections. On the other hand, STIs remain to be prevalent and are increasing in PrEP services and among people living with HIV and vulnerable populations. The session will discuss the global epidemiology of HIV and STIs. The HIV-STI syndemics and the need to re-think STI services within HIV programmes will be highlighted.

Speaker biography:

Teodora Elvira Wi, M.D., is currently a Medical Officer in the Human Reproduction Team, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland. At WHO, she is leading the development of STI guidelines, addressing Antimicrobial Resistance in N. gonorrhoeae, supporting STI interventions for key populations and working with the STI team on STI surveillance. She has over 25 years of experience in HIV and STI programming and implementation. She was the team lead for HIV/AIDS and STI in the WHO Western Pacific Region Office. Prior to WHO, she was the Director, STI Capacity Raising, Family Health International (FHI) India under the Avahan India AIDS Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). She worked in various countries in Asia and Africa on STI/HIV interventions.


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