Health & Well-Being

STIs are still on the rise

Here’s what you need to know

Sexually transmitted infections are a major health concern that, while preventable, are on the rise. They’re passed on through sexual contact and many types do not have symptoms, which often results in a greater risk of passing the infection on to someone else.

The number of reported cases of STIs like gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia continues to go up in Canada. Young Canadians have the highest reported rates of STIs but increasing number of cases are being reported among older adults.

A few important facts:

  • Women are at higher risk of getting and passing on STIs. Women can have STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea without showing any symptoms.
  • Treatable STIs like gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia can make you infertile if left untreated.
  • Herpes, HPV, HIV and Hepatitis C are not curable, but there are many treatments to help people who are infected.
  • Using condoms correctly is the best way to prevent STIs.
  • If you have unprotected sex (of any kind), you should get tested as soon as possible to prevent the spread of STIs.

And if you get tested and find out you’ve contracted an STI, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fulfilling sex life. It just means you have to take care of yourself and others, be careful and open and honest with your sexual partners.

Many cities and towns have free, confidential clinics where you can get tested. Check out Sexual Health and RIght’s service provider search tool to find resources near you.

 

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