STI’s on the rise in Alberta

The rates of gonorrhea and infectious syphilis have spiked dramatically in the province over the past year, and the Alberta government is taking action to raise awareness.

Cases of gonorrhea in 2015 are up 80 per cent from 2014, and cases of infectious syphilis in 2015 doubled from 2014.

Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services (AHS) are working together to raise awareness of the outbreak, the risks of anonymous sexual encounters, the importance of testing, and safe sex practices.

AHS has expanded STI clinic hours in Edmonton and Calgary, increased outreach testing in Edmonton in collaboration with agencies serving Indigenous and MSM populations, and reached out to physicians to increase STI testing for clients that are sexually active.