The Calgary  Sun - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 - 2018


SWIPE  RIGHT,  STIs UP




Hookup apps seen as one cause of rise in sexual transmitted infections 


JAMES  WOOD



“ALBERTA  IS  SEEING  A  CONTINUAL  SPIKE  IN  CASES  OF  SYPHILIS  AND  GONORRHEA,  AND  AN  ONGOING  HIGH  RATES  OF  CHLAMYDIA, RAISING CONCERNS among public officials.


The surge in sexual transmitted infections in the province is part of a larger trend that has seen STI rates on the rise in other jurisdictions.


In the United States, STI rates hit record levels for the fourth year in a row in 2017.


“This isn’t just an Alberta phenomenon,” said Dr. Kristin Klein, the province’s deputy medical officer of health.


“One of the reasons, we think, is the way people are connecting with their sexual partners. So a lot more anonymous sex and hooking up through social platforms then there would have been before. So we continue to see cases being transmitted that  way.”


It was two years ago that the province warned of “outbreak levels” of sexually transmitted infections as numbers soared in 2015, due in part to social media and online hookups.


Statistics for 2017 show there were 4,759 gonorrhea cases in Alberta last year, an increase of 1,000 from 2016, raising the incident rate to 113.03 per 100,000 population. Infectious syphilis cases increased from 422 to 536 in 2017, hiking the rate to 12.51 per 100,000 people.


Klein said infectious syphilis cases continue their upswing in 2018. The first three months of the year have seen there same number of cases as were seen in the first six months of 2017.


There were at least six cases of babies being born with life-threatening congenital syphilis last year in the province. 


The disease can cause deformed bones, jaundice, brain and nerve damage, meningitis, and other serious health problems in a  child.


There were 16,585 cases of chlamydia in Alberta last year, a slight upswing from 16,357 in 2016. While that’s down from the more than 17,000 cases in 2015, Klein cautioned that the “rates are very high.”


“It is our most commonly reported (STI)” she said………..”

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AND  SO  IN  A  WORLD,  WELL  WESTERN  WORLD,  WHERE  YOU  THINK  YOU  HAVE  THIS  OR  THAT  TO  NULLIFY  SEXUAL  TRANSMITTED  DISEASE,  WE  SEE  THAT  IT  JUST  AIN’T  SO  SIMPLE  A  MATTER  AS  MANY,  WAY  TOO  MANY,  THINK.


THERE  WAS  AND  IS  A  MIGHTY  HUGE  REASON  WHY  THE  CREATOR  GOD,  WHO  YES  INVENTED  SEX,  TELLS  US  IT  SHOULD  BE  WITHIN  A  MARRIAGE,  WHERE  TWO  PEOPLE [AND  THAT  IS  A  MAN  AND  WOMAN  ONLY  MARRY  AND  HAVE  SEXUAL  UNION]  REMAIN  SEXUALLY  FAITHFUL  TO  EACH  OTHER.


NOT  FOLLOWING  THAT  LAW  OF  THE  LORD,  LEADS  TO  HEALTH  PROBLEMS  IN  A  SOCIETY,  WHICH  CAN  HAVE  DEVASTATING  RESULTS  UPON  SOME  BABIES  COMING  INTO  THIS  WORLD.


THROWING  GOD  AND  THE  BIBLE  OUT  THE  WINDOW  AS  WE  HAVE  DONE  IN  ALL  WESTERN  NATIONS,  OVER  THE  LAST  50  YEARS  OR  SO,  RESULTS  IN  HEALTH  PROBLEMS  OF  ALL  SORTS.


YES,  AS  THE  BIBLE  SAYS,  WE  REAP  WHAT  WE  SOW.


HE  THAT  HAS  EARS  TO  HEAR  WITH  SHOULD  HEAR!


Keith Hunt


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