The Annual Amsterdam Chlamydia Meeting (AACM) held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in February is an international meeting focusing on cutting-edge research in all aspects of Chlamydia trachomatis infections. At this year’s meeting there were presentations from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Sweden, India, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Anova’s Prof Remco Peters was one of the key note speakers and held a presentation entitled: Chlamydia trachomatis control in South Africa: fighting a losing battle?
In his talk, Prof Peters showed that South Africa is disproportionally affected by this sexually transmitted infection (STI) and that there are many obstacles to control the burden of infection. He presented several projects conducted by Anova that aim at addressing this public health problem, including a study of STI screening in a mobile clinic, testing pregnant women for Chlamydia trachomatis, and strengthening prevention services among men who have sex with men (MSM) to address the high rate of repeat STIs. He concluded that there is still a long way to go before Chlamydia trachomatis epidemic control in South Africa can be achieved, but that Anova is committed to lead and support this process.