Abstract



THE HERITAGE OF THE EUROPEAN SCHOOLS OF DERMATOVENEREOLOGY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL UNION AGAINST SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS IUSTI.

Michael WAUGH

United Leeds Teaching Hospitals (retired)

This is a brief paper on the history of IUSTI.

The rise of a scientific basis of medicine and especially the study of infectious diseases based on clinical evidence and microbiology led in the late 19th century to the important discoveries of Neisser and later Schaudinn and Hoffmann , and the rise of immunology understanding to serology for syphilis  and the hunt for effective treatment for syphilis to Ehrlich and arsphenamine.

World War1   left millions of dead, and not only Spanish flu but a spread of venereal disease and an increase of prostitution. This influence official bodies to help organise L` Union Internationale contre le Peril Venerien. International Union against Venereal Disease. (IUV) from 1923, many general assemblies being held between the two World Wars.

The effective use of penicillin in syphilis was shown in 1943. In 1947 IUV became IUVDT as endemic treponematoses could now be effectively treated with benzathine penicillin. Later Regions of IUVDT were established and recognition of IUVDT by WHO as an official NGO came about.

IUVDT became IUSTI at 37th General Assembly and World Congress in Melbourne, Australia 1997.

The European Region had hosted many general assemblies before and after WWII and from 1998 at Gothenburg, Sweden was in a position to host annual regional congresses attracting more and more participants. September 2019 was hosted by Dr. Airi Poder in Tallinn, Estonia. COVID-19 has contrived to make the 2020 congress a virtual one in Bucharest, Romania hosted by Prof. George, Sorin Tiplica.


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34 IUSTI Congress - European Congres on Sexually transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS
TAMING THE TIDE of STIs & HIV
Bucharest, September 3-5,