TAKING CARE OF YOUR HEALTH AND THAT OF YOUR PARTNERS
Octobre 9th, 2011
All over Quebec, there has been a significant increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs): Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
Young people between the ages of 15 to 25 and men who have sex with men are at greatest risk of contracting one of these infections.
Since these infections can be present without any symptoms, they may be transmitted by people who do not know they are infected.
Furthermore, according to many reports, STIs facilitate HIV transmission. In fact, people infected with an STI are at increased risk of contracting HIV. For people with HIV, some STIs can increase their viral load (concentration of the virus), resulting in complications and increasing the risk of HIV transmission.
STIs and the complications they cause are preventable and most can be treated.
Using condoms helps protect against these infections. This protection may be supplemented by vaccination, when it exists (hepatitis A and B, HPV).
To maintain your health and that your of sexual partners, it is important to get regular STI testing.
For most STIs, earlier treatment reduces the risk of complications as well as the risk of transmission.