PREVENTING SYPHILIS: “SOIRÉE LÉGENDAIRE, UN DÉPISTAGE C’EST CLAIR”
June 16th, 2014
Syphilis is among the STBBIs experiencing a marked rise in Quebec. Gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) are particularly affected*.
Last April, COCQ-SIDA launched a prevention campaign to emphasize the importance of regular testing and advising your partners, in order to reduce the number of infections within the community.
Because syphilis is often asymptomatic, it can be hard to know when you’ve been infected. What’s more, it’s easily transmissible. That’s why getting tested is one of the best ways to look out for your sexual health, and the health of your partners.
“Although gay men and MSM get tested more often than most people, they should be getting tested even more frequently in order to counter this epidemic. Advising your partners is also an effective way to reduce the number of infections and avoid being re-infected,” states Geneviève Némouthé of COCQ-SIDA.
* Data available online: inspq.qc.ca