Policy

The notification of data on Sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) varies widely in the different Member States of the European Union. Surveillance systems differ across countries in terms of coverage, completeness and representativeness. It can, therefore, be misleading to compare numbers and reported rates between countries.

Policy at EU level

The European Commission's policy aims at:

  • enhancing the comparability of data through improved notification and comparability of national data
  • raising awareness for the risks of STIs
  • supporting the prevention of STIs
  • giving guidance on the control of STIs, with a special focus on the widest spread STI - Chlamydia (guidance on Chlamydia)

Sexual health forum

To implement the policy regular meetings are held between the EU Commission, representatives of EU countries, youth representatives and researchers in the sexual health forum.

Stakeholders are invited to participate in the ongoing debate on:

  • improving data collection on sexual transmitted diseases such as:
  • - Chlamydia
    - Gonorrhea
    - Hepatitis B
    - Hepatitis C
    - HPV
    - Syphilis

  • exchanging best practices on surveillance, monitoring and prevention of STIs

See also: annual epidemiological report on communicable diseases