In Canada, one in 7 of the resident between the age of 14 and 59 has genital herpes. A study suggests that more than 90% of those people infected were unaware of their status. Talking about the STI rate in Canada, it was said that Banff has the highest STD rate in Canada. In fact, there was a joke of Banff being Canada’s STI capital.
However, recent studies have been able to show that Alberta STI rate highest in Canada. STI rate in Alberta has been exceeding the national average. Statistics are displaying sexual health problems that are disproportionate. In 2011, the Alberta Health and Wellness STI action plan reported that from 1999 to 2009, there was an unstable 207% increase in the rate of Chlamydia. In 2009 alone, more than 13,000 cases were reported.
The regularity in figures of these infections has been acquirable in Canada based on the representative sample of the general population lab-testing. In the past, the estimate has been based on the data collected from screening in high-risk population or people who went for a medical test. However, determining your estimate using this method may not give you the actual picture of the rates.
A report from the chief medical officer of health in Alberta, James Talbot, shows that as at 2011 the rate of infectious syphilis, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia was still exceeding the normal average. Because people with herpes often have no symptoms, there is great possibly of people getting infected in Canada’s most prosperous province. Of course, people tend to migrate to Alberta due to the thriving economy.
Also, there has been a large boost in the population of Fort McMurray because of the work in the oil sands. This has made the place a hotspot for STIs. Tourist cities such as Jasper and Banff has the tendency of gathering people that are young from all over the world. They might come for skiing, snowboarding, and some other adventures. This means there are lots of young people having money to spend at every area in Alberta.
Due to the lots of young people having enough money to burn, there has been an increase in sex work in the province. So what do you expect? Of course, there would be an increase in the number of people infected with STI in the province.
There are lots of factors contributing to the climb of STD in Alberta, Canada. There is a belief that the rate of STI is being increased because there is no consistent access to sexual health facilities. Also, it was believed that Alberta does not have an all-embracing strategy of education to deal with sexual health in both urban and rural areas.
If you look at the great number of factors contributing to the widespread of STD in Alberta, you would see that the residents of Alberta need to work on stepping down the overall transmission of STI. How can this be done? They should step up on safe sex.