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|Sexually Transmitted Infections|
A National STI Program was created as part of the National AIDS Program (PRONASIDA), whereby the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections have received official recognition, and personnel in charge of actions. The Project was the sole support of the National STI Program until the fifth year of implementation; thus, its contribution to the establishment and st rengthening of the Program has been fundamental.
As a result of the lobbying efforts and support provided by the Program and its thematic Roundtables on Gender and Health, the national government assumed the commitment to provide free syphilis testing and treatment for pregnant women and their partners.
The number of Ministry of Health personnel devoted to working in sexually transmitted infections increased, and the model of care developed through the Project for the prevention of vertical transmission of syphilis and HIV and the syndromic management approach for STI was expanded to the national level. The training and supervision models and materials have been extended to the rest of the country. The implementation of syndromic management in selected health services of the Project served as a model and an incentive for its expansion nationwide.
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization