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Health Unit warns of increase in STI's

Health Unit warns of increase in STI's

Posted: 2022-05-05 08:13:34 By: thebay

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says that sex and sexuality are important aspects of health and they remind the public that it is essential to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and get tested if you are sexually active or think you may have one.

From 2019 to 2021, the health unit saw a significant increase in STIs in Simcoe Muskoka, including a four to five time increase in the annual number of reported cases of syphilis. Prior to 2019, the number of cases of syphilis in the region averaged less than 10 cases per year but rose to 50 cases in 2021. Meanwhile the number of cases of gonorrhea reported annually also grew from 120 in 2020 to 265 in 2021.  

The health unit strongly encourages anyone who is sexually active, had a new partner or multiple partners in the last two years, engaged in unprotected sex, or has symptoms of an STI to contact their health-care provider. 

The health unit says you can reduce the risk of getting an STI by making informed decisions before having sex, such as limiting your number of sexual partners, talking to your partner and asking them to be tested, using condoms and barriers, and being aware of how alcohol and other drugs can affect sexual decision making.