About STI Watch

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are widespread, remain difficult to prevent, and can have severe health consequences, which include genital swelling, pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and can increase the spread of HIV.

Vaccines currently exist for two STIs with more under development, including those that protect against chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The development of these vaccines are important as most infections are asymptomatic and go undiagnosed and untreated.

Better and more affordable, cost-effective diagnostics could help identify infections before they can cause serious harm, and before they are transmitted to others.

STIWatch.org is a new resource for the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) community to better understand and advocate for STI vaccine and diagnostics research, development and rollout.

It is an initiative of AVAC with funding and support from the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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