Sexually Transmitted Infections
In Canada, some of the highest rates and increases in sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STI or STD) are in young people 15–24 years of age. If you are having sex, or thinking about having sex, you need to know how to avoid STIs.
2013: Sex Germs
Gonorrhea is on the rise. The Sex Germs public awareness campaign encourages young adults to practise safe sex and reduce their risk of sexually transmitted infections. Watch the Germ Date video and find out more about STI at sexgerms.com
2011: Don't you get it
Albertans are urged to take preventive measures to reduce high rates of sexually transmitted infections.
Don't You Get It – Female ad
Don't You Get It – Male ad
- What else has she got? – Syphilis campaign poster, male audience
- What else has he got? – Syphilis campaign poster, female audience
For more information, go to the Syphilis campaign website at www.dontyougetit.ca
Universal prenatal syphilis rescreening
Alberta has enhanced the syphilis screening component of the Prenatal Screening Program for Selected Communicable Diseases to ensure that pregnant women with infectious syphilis and their babies are identified and treated as soon as possible. Earlier diagnosis and treatment of syphilis in a pregnant mother can prevent infection in the newborn child and reduce the consequences of syphilis infection in the baby.
All pregnant women should be screened for syphilis early in pregnancy, and again at the time of giving birth. In addition, some pregnant women identified as being at high-risk for syphilis infection should be screened more frequently.
Help and resources
Call the STI/HIV Information Line at 1-800-772-2437, to speak to a nurse during normal business hours.
- Keep Healthy and Learn About STI 2005, lower literacy
- STD Prevention: Taking Care of Yourself and Others – August 2000
- STD Teaching Outline and Resource Guide
- Reports and publications on HIV and STIs
- Teaching Sexual Health
- Sexually Transmitted Infections information – Public Health Agency of Canada
- Find more information on MyHealth Alberta