25% young Harare and Bulawayo women have an STI

A recent study by the Biomedical Research Institute has revealed that 25% of women betweebn 15 and 24 have a sexually transmitted disease, while 10% males in the same age group were affected.

The study published in Lancet showed that most common STIs among young women were chlamydia, gonorrhoea and vaginalis.

The STICH study was conducted together with Chiedza/Ukukhanya, a larger study that seeks to understand the impact of HIV/AIDS and STIs on Zimbabwean youths.

The study had a high uptake for testing of over 86% and was carried out anonymously.