The Calgary Sun - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 - 2018
SWIPE RIGHT, STIs UP
Hookup apps seen as one cause of rise in sexual transmitted infections
“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………..”
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!