Dr Janet Wilson
President of IUSTI, Leeds Teaching Hospitals
The International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) was founded in 1923 and is the oldest international organisation for the control of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. It is on the Roster of the United Nations Economic and Social Council and an Official Non-Government Organisation in Consultative Status with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
It is governed by the World Executive Committee which has five representatives from each of the five regions (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin-America and the Caribbean, and North America) to ensure regional input. It also has WHO representatives to ensure bilateral communication.
IUSTI organises conferences and supports the regions by ensuring the annual World Congresses are rotated evenly between them. It also runs training courses, publishes STI management guidelines and has an advocacy, consultancy and advisory role to WHO.
In 2016, WHO developed global strategies on STIs and HIV. The strategies highlight the need to deliver integrated health services to different populations, and at different locations, to achieve equitable and quality care.
The rest of the talk will cover what an integrated sexual health service, comprising STI services, HIV services, and reproductive health (RH) services, might look like. It will examine how STI, HIV and RH services are currently delivered throughout the regions and explore what are the main barriers to integrated sexual health care. Lastly it will give examples of how these barriers have been overcome in some countries and what opportunities we should all be using to move closer to the goal of delivering equitable and quality, integrated sexual health, services.
34 IUSTI Congress - European Congres on Sexually transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS
TAMING THE TIDE of STIs & HIV
Bucharest, September 3-5,