Friday, June 7
More than 1 million people every day worldwide catch a sexually transmitted infection, with rates of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis and syphilis the most worrying according to the World Health Organisation.
The vast majority of the infections are easily preventable and curable, but some diseases — in particular gonorrhoea — are evolving into super-bug forms and that are increasingly difficult to treat with antibiotics, the WHO said in a study reported by wire services.
“Sexually transmitted infections are everywhere. They are far more common than we think,” Teodora Wi, a medical officer in the WHO’s department for reproductive health and research, said.
The report, based on 2016 global data which are the latest available, showed that among men and women aged between 15 and 49 there were 127 million new cases of chlamydia in 2016, 87 million of gonorrhoea, 6.3 million of syphilis and 156 million of trichomoniasis.
The latest WHO report comes in the wake of a report that sexually transmissible infections rates in Australia and other developed nations have been rising at an alarming rate.
According to health data from the Kirby Institute, a staggering 18,588 cases of gonorrhoea were detected in 2015, up from 8,388 cases in 2006. In just a decade, the number of gonorrhoea cases annually has more than doubled.
It’s a similar story for other infections: in the past decade, syphilis cases have more than tripled, while cases of chlamydia have increased by 43 per cent.
Experts agree that for chlamydia, most of the increase can be attributed to diagnostic testing.
But in the past decade, online dating has had probably the biggest single impact on our sexual lives. Websites and apps designed to facilitate sex and romance are everywhere.
Online services offer unique features which have interesting implications for the spread of STIs. For example, they can make it easier to have sex with more people.
A recent British study found 35 per cent of sexually active men and 21 per cent of sexually active women reported five or more sexual partners in a ye
Sexually transmitted infections or STIs are a “persistent and endemic health threat worldwide” and have a profound impact on both adult and child health, the WHO said.
If they are left untreated, they can lead to serious and chronic health effects that include neurological and cardiovascular disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirths and an increased risk of HIV.
Syphilis alone caused an estimated 200,000 stillbirths and newborn deaths in 2016, making it one of the leading causes of baby loss globally, the research said.
As Prime Minister Scott Morrison would say about Queenslander Ashleigh Barty’s latest French Open tennis victory :How good is that?
And it would be more than appropriate for the 23-year-old after she blasted her way into the semi finals of the grand slam tournament in Paris by beating American Madison Keys in straight sets in the quarter-finals.
Bart, the tournament number eight seed will now play American teenager Amanda Anisimova for a place in the final.
Barty took just over an hour to see off the 14th-ranked Keys 6-3, 7-5 to progress to the final four at Roland Garros.
She looked in control throughout and even managed to overcome a hiccup in the second set when Keys broke her as she was serving for the match.
However, she responded magnificently against last year’s semi-finalist and broke straight back before closing out the match to love.
Despite being on the receiving end of eight aces, Barty’s return game was solid throughout as she won 40 per cent of her receiving points and converted 80 per cent on her own serve.
Keys finished with a combined count of 52 unforced or forced errors, while Barty had 33.
Barty was asked afterward whether she was shocked that her game, seemingly built for hard courts, has been so good on slower clay.
“Yes,” she replied. “Very much so. I’ve been learning every single day.”
The Australian’s win came after an entire day’s play was washed out at the Open in Paris on Wednesday.
Barty will meet Anisimova for a spot in the final, after the unseeded American upstaged defending champion Simona Halep in straight sets in their quarter-final.
“I can’t believe it. I mean, I’ve been working so hard, but I didn’t think it would pay off like this,” Anisimova said on making it to the next round. “This is honestly more than I could ask for.”
At 17, Anisimova is the youngest US woman into the final four at Roland Garros since 14-year-old Jennifer Capriati in 1990.
The South Australian National Football League has banned a female footballer for playing with an SA country men’s league to help out a team that didn’t have enough players.
Casey McElroy, who played for the Padthaway men’s reserves team on May 25, was banned from playing in the local women’s league for six weeks.
Under the suspension handed down by the SANFL on Thursday, Ms McElroy will not be able to play in the first six games of next year’s Limestone Coast Women’s Football League season.
She is also banned from playing for Murray South East in the women’s country championships in Port Pirie next month.
She can accept the ban or have it referred to an independent tribunal.
“I’m devastated to know that I won’t be playing next season as soon as I’d hoped,” McElroy told the ABC.
“Thank you for understanding I won’t be providing any further comment at this time.”
The club was fined $2,000 by the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League on Tuesday for playing an unregistered player.
Half of the fine was suspended.
The club also would not have received premiership points if it had won against Kingston.
Women and girls aged 14 and over are not allowed to play in mixed-gender competitions under the Australian Football Match Policy.
“The legitimate registration of players and their eligibility to play is paramount to the integrity of all Australian football competitions,” Mr Kelly said.
Mr Kelly said the league’s investigation found McElroy was made aware of the relevant policies and regulations before the breach occurred, but she had still opted to play.
In a statement, the SANFL said the Padthaway reserves had 18 other players available to play on the day of the breach and was allowed to play with as few as 12 players.
McElroy won the Limestone Coast Women’s Football League premiership with her Kybybolite Tigers teammates last year, and this year she won the league’s best and fairest.
She cannot play for the Padthaway Lions because they do not have a women’s team.
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