Sexually transmitted diseases increase in Alta.
Alberta health officials say online hookup sites and anonymous sexual partners have contributed to an increase of sexually transmitted diseases to outbreak levels.
Syphilis and gonorrhea numbers continue to be high in the province, along with other sexually transmitted infections.
Alberta’s senior medical health officer says online sites such as Tinder, Pure and Grindr are have added to the problem, as well as people failing to practise safe sex.
“It’s easier for people to hook up with each other. We know a lot of the sex is anonymous. When we go to ask people who their contact was, quite often they can’t tell us,” Dr. Gerry Predy said Tuesday.
“That makes it more difficult to follow up. There’s a lot of underlying social changes that have led to this.”
As a result of continued high levels of infectious syphilis and gonorrhea first reported in April 2016, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services are trying to raise awareness about the importance of safe sex and regular testing.