Young adults raised on condom ads – remember the one with the horny balloon animals? – may have the false impression that sexually transmitted infections are under control. But cases of chlamydia, among other STIs, have been on the rise across Canada for more than a decade, disease experts caution.
In Ontario, 36,395 cases of chlamydia were reported in 2011 – a 122-per-cent jump from 10 years earlier. In Alberta, government statistics show a 125-per-cent increase in chlamydia cases over the same period. The trend is similar in other provinces, including British Columbia, where reported cases of chlamydia have risen by 62 per cent in the past decade.
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