An alert has been sent out to Saskatchewan doctors, warning of the province’s high number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) compared to the rest of Canada.
The alert by Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Denise Werker states Saskatchewan’s chlamydia and gonorrhea rates are consistently higher than national rates, and the 2016 syphilis rate has increased considerably from 2015.
Werker explained there isn’t a specific cause for increased STI rates, but noted there has been an increase in infections across Canada and internationally.
Warning doctors of the increasing rates is one of the reasons Werker released the report, as she believes it’s important for physicians to assess their patients for risks of sexually transmitted infections on a regular basis.
Common risk factors for STIs are: having unprotected sex, alcohol or drug use, or having more than two sexual partners.
(With files from CJWW)