Be Health Smart. Practice Safe Sex. Use clean needles. Early detection. Get checked.
Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection (STI) rates are on the rise!
They are infections that can be passed via unprotected sex with another person who already has an STI, or from reused needles. In Canada, syphilis is the third most commonly reported STI after chlamydia and gonorrhea.
WHAT IS SYPHILIS?
Syphilis is a STI and symptoms can include lesions, flu-like fever, fatigue, sore throat, swollen glands, headache, and muscle aches, rash on the body, hands and feet. If untreated it can cause serious health consequences. Congenital syphilis is when pregnant women can pass it to their unborn baby during pregnancy or childbirth and it may lead to birth defects or stillbirth. Congenital rates are on the rise.
Early detection can help reduce health complications and can minimize the spread of illness to others.
TELL YOUR PARTNER!
You must tell your partner if you have a STI and be informed about safety and treating or living with STIs.
For more information and for free condoms, call or visit the Family Community Wellness Centre
For testing, visit the nursing station or call 204-484-2031.