The Most Neglected Gynecologic Disease

Female genital schistosomiasisis is a neglected—but not uncommon—disease. The painful parasitic condition affects up to 10 million women and girls in Africa.
 
It’s also a cofactor for HIV/AIDS—responsible for up to a 3-4-fold increase in horizontal HIV transmission, according to several studies.
 
A group of authors led by Peter Hotez make the case for schistosomiasis control and elimination in Africa—through mass drug administration of praziquantel—as a highly cost-effective way to prevent new HIV/AIDS infections.
 
The Quote: “We have the supporting data and tools to both prevent FGS and reduce HIV/AIDS transmission in Africa. We shouldn’t continue to leave this extraordinary opportunity on the table, unused,” the authors write.

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

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