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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Grey Bruce STI Stats

Bruce/Grey | by Travis Jackson  

Gonorrhea cases have doubled from this time last year, and condom use is lower than the provincial average.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit says it is seeing an increase in sexually transmitted infections.

Alanna Leffley, Senior Epidemiologist at the Grey Bruce Health Unit says that gonorrhea cases have doubled in adults over 25 years of age -- rising from 13 cases last year to 28 cases this year between January and September.

Leffley says that condom use is shockingly low in Grey Bruce. An estimated 22% of Grey Bruce residents between ages 15-64.

She tells us that Grey Bruce residents were less likely than Ontarians to use a condom the last time they had sex.

She says those numbers include those in long term monogamous relationships.

Leffley notes that the Health Unit is seeing increases in all types of STIs including syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and more.

Leffley recommends getting tested for STIs when you're entering into a new relationship, or when you have slept with someone whose sexual history is not known to you.

She says that it may be awkward, but you should ask a new partner about whether they've been tested, and when they were most recently tested.

Leffley says its important to be always practice safe sex because diseases like HIV cannot be cured and are fatal over time.

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