Understanding the Rise of Syphilis in Canada: What You Need to Know

Understanding the Rise of Syphilis in Canada: What You Need to Know

At Avvy Health, we’re committed to keeping Canadians informed about crucial health issues affecting our communities. Today, we’re shedding light on the alarming rise of syphilis infections in Canada and what it means for public health.

The Growing Threat of Syphilis

Once on the brink of eradication, syphilis infections have surged in recent years, posing significant risks to individuals and communities alike. According to the latest federal data, nearly 14,000 cases of infectious syphilis were reported nationwide in 2022, marking a staggering increase from previous years. Shockingly, this rise in infections also includes 117 instances of early congenital syphilis, highlighting the urgent need for awareness and action.

Understanding the Factors Behind the Surge

While the reasons behind the resurgence of syphilis are complex, several key factors contribute to its spread. Changes in sexual practices, limited access to healthcare for marginalized populations, and evolving societal dynamics have created an environment where syphilis infections can proliferate unchecked. As a result, clinicians across the country have witnessed a concerning uptick in cases, with some reporting daily occurrences in their practices.

The Call for Urgent Action

Despite the growing crisis, there’s a concerning lack of political will to address the root causes of the syphilis surge. While federal officials acknowledge the severity of the situation, urgent on-the-ground efforts are needed to stem the tide of infections and protect vulnerable Canadians. At Avvy Health, we believe that proactive measures, including increased access to healthcare and targeted interventions, are essential to combatting this public health threat.

What You Can Do

As Canadians, it’s crucial that we remain vigilant about our sexual health and take proactive steps to protect ourselves and our communities. If you suspect any symptoms of syphilis or have concerns about your sexual health, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention. Avvy Health offers convenient and confidential blood tests that can detect syphilis and other STIs, empowering you to take control of your health journey.

Together, We Can Make a Difference

The rise of syphilis in Canada is a stark reminder of the importance of prioritizing sexual health education, access to healthcare, and community support. By raising awareness, advocating for change, and supporting one another, we can work towards a future where syphilis infections are no longer a threat to our well-being.

Take the First Step

If you have any concerns about syphilis or your sexual health, don’t wait – take action today. Download the Avvy app to schedule a convenient and confidential blood test, and take control of your health journey with confidence. Together, we can make a difference and protect the health and well-being of all Canadians. 

About Avvy Health

Avvy is the first mobile platform to connect qualified healthcare providers with Canadians looking to access healthcare services from the comfort and safety of home. The company’s mission is to deliver a seamless, safe and secure experience for both patients and providers. Avvy is currently available in Greater Montreal and Quebec City, with plans to expand to other Canadian cities. Users can download the app for both Apple and Android smartphones.

Source: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/documents/services/reports-publications/canada-communicable-disease-report-ccdr/monthly-issue/2023-49/issue-10-october-2023/ccdrv49i10a04a-eng.pdf

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