Due to an increase in the number of infectious syphilis cases in recent months, the Saskatchewan Health Authority is reminding the public of the importance of getting tested and using preventative practices to reduce the risk of infection.
“It is important that individuals who are sexually active know their own status for all sexually transmitted infections, including syphilis,” said Dr. Mandiangu Nsungu, Medical Health Officer, Saskatchewan Health Authority – North Battleford. “Knowing your status means we can provide treatment, as well as help individuals reduce the risk of spreading the illness.
Saskatchewan has seen an increase in the number of syphilis cases over the past three years. There were 24 cases in 2015, 85 cases in 2016, and 120 cases in 2017. Through August 31, there have been 72 cases in the province.
Contact your physician, nurse practitioner, or local public health office if you are unsure of your status or are experiencing symptoms.
Please see the attached syphilis information sheet for more information on preventative practices, symptoms, testing, and treatment.