APH 1998, 56, 137-150:

The epidemiology of sexually transmitted diseases in Belgium.

D. Avonts

Keywords: epidemiology, STD

Epidemiology of STD in Belgium

At present traditional STD as gonorrhoea and syphilis are rare. The declining trend was seen before safe sex practice was generalized. Correct diagnosis and adequate therapy have influenced the decrease.

The majority of new acquired STDs are viral infections: herpes genitalis and condylo mata accuminata. There is no curative therapy and safe sex offers not sufficient protection for transmission. In addition the exact contagious pathways are not enough understood to develop a preventive strategy.

In 10 to 15 years the incidence of chlamydia decreased dramatically.