Women’s Health: Importance of Reproductive Tract Infections, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and Cervical Cancer

  • André Meheus
Part of the Reproductive Biology book series (RBIO)


Upper reproductive tract infections and their consequences are major health problems for women worldwide, particularly in resource-poor settings. The syndrome of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is mostly due to sexually transmitted infections that start in the lower reproductive tract and ascend into the upper reproductive tract. Cervical cancer is also usually the result of sexually transmitted infection, and human papilloma virus (HPV) appears to be the causal agent. These conditions can be effectively controlled and prevented by relatively simple and inexpensive methods, and what is needed now is the commitment of human and financial resources for activities to prevent and treat reproductive tract infections.


Cervical Cancer Human Papilloma Virus Ectopic Pregnancy Chlamydia Trachomatis Pelvic Inflammatory Disease 
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  • André Meheus
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  1. 1.Programme of Sexually Transmitted DiseasesWorld Health OrganizationGeneva 27Switzerland

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