Experts advise cautious approach to summer fun as drug-resistant STDs increase globally

Israel is among the many countries experiencing a dramatic increase in Sexually Transmitted Infections.


The World Health Organization announced at the end of May that there were “major concern[s]” over a dramatic across the globe. The WHO report found that chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis were responsible for over 1 million daily infections among people aged between 15-49 years. Syphilis in particular has become a major cause of health concern with cases having increased from 7.

1 million in 2020 to 8 million in 2022. Additionally, mother-to-foetus , known as congenital syphilis, are also on the rise. Between 2020 and 2022, the rate per 100,000 live births per year rose from 425 to 523, according to the WHO.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released in early 2024 mirrored the findings of the WHO, according to ABC News. The report found that the total number of syphilis cases increased by over 17% between 2021 and 2022 - this is the greatest number of cases reported since 1950, ABC News claimed. , prompting worries among healthcare professionals.

Another “concern” the WHO report brought to light was the increased number of cases of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea. In nine different countries the rate of ceftriaxone-resistant strain increased from 5% to 40%. "The rising incidence of syphilis raises major concerns," WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

"Fortunately, there has been important progress on a number of other fronts including in accelerating access to critical health commodities including dia.