The public health approach to Sexually Transmitted Diseases control. STD
Around 340 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to have ocurred throughout the world in 1995 in men and women aged 15-49 years. In developing countries, STDs and their complications rank in the top five disease categories for which adults seek health care. In women of childbearing age, STDs - even excluding HIV - are second only to maternal factors as causes of disease, death and healthy life lost.