Cases of syphilis across the country have risen dramatically over the past two decades, spiking to more than 1,750 in 2010, up from 177 in 1993, the most recent statistics show. Other sexually transmitted diseases, notably chlamydia and gonorrhea, are also on the rise
“For the other two (chlamydia and gonorrhea) it seems to be younger individuals (who are mostly infected). In this case (syphilis), it tends to be older ones. For example, people age 30 and older accounted for 73 per cent of all the reported cases in 2010,” he said Thursday from Ottawa.
“The other interesting thing is the vast majority of cases are among men compared to women. In 2010, men accounted for 90.5 per cent of all the reported cases.”
Many of those were men who have sex with men, although high-risk groups also include sex-trade workers, injection-drug users and people with multiple sexual partners.