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STIs represent an important global public health problem due to the high morbidity and mortality associated with them, and also due to the involvement of more than one pathogen, which makes the diagnosis challenging and increases the cost associated with the treatment of these infections.1–3 According to WHO, more than 1 million STI cases are reported every day worldwide.4 In Brazil, it is estimated that there are 10 to 12 million new cases annually.2 More than 30 different micro-organisms have been found to cause STIs, and some of them are linked with higher incidence such as Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG), Ureaplasma urealyticum (UU), Mycoplasma …
Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti
Contributors Contributors FLM and DZ collaborated in the design, conducting and writing of the manuscript.
Funding This study was funded by Hermes Pardini Institute.
Competing interests None declared.
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Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.