The Issue Syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection that was rare in Canada five years ago. However, infection rates are now on the rise. These rising rates are an indication that people are not consistently using safer sex methods.
Background Syphilis is transmitted through oral, genital or anal sex with an infected person. A pregnant woman with syphilis can pass it on to her unborn child, sometimes causing birth defects or death. Although less common, it can be transmitted through injection drug use or through broken skin on the body.
To arrange an HIV, Hep C or STBBI education session or training workshop, contact Angelina Butt, Provincial Coordinator HIV services by phone at 579-8656/1-800-563-1575, by email, or through the contact form.