Sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases in­crease in Alta.

Lethbridge Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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