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What have we learned from sexually transmitted infection research in sub-Saharan Africa?
  1. David Mabey1,
  2. Francis Ndowa2,
  3. Ahmed Latif3
  1. 1Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  3. 3Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Mabey, Clinical Research Unit, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel St, London WC1E 7HT, UK; david.mabey{at}


Many of the most important research findings on STIs in the past 30 years have come from sub-Saharan Africa. African researchers and their international collaborators have led the way in the development and validation of syndromic STI management, in furthering our understanding of the interactions between HIV and other STIs, in the development of evidence-based strategies for the control of HIV and other STIs in high risk groups and in the general population, and in clinical, microbiological and epidemiological studies on syphilis, chancroid and ophthalmia neonatorum. This review summarises the major achievements of STI researchers in Africa in the past 30 years, and discusses the reasons underlying the success of STI research in Africa.

  • Africa
  • STD

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.