Wong, Thomas; Jordan, Robbi A.
September 2000
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2000, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p205
Academic Journal
Recent outbreaks of syphilis in British Columbia and adjacent regions have contributed to an increase in the incidence of infectious syphilis in Canada. This resurgence follows a long period of decline to the low point reached in 1996 and 1997. The synergistic relationship between syphilis and HIV infection is one among many reasons for Canada to now expand the previously stated goal of low level containment by actively pursuing a strategy to eliminate endemic syphilis. Canada is in a favourable position to achieve this goal which will require adequate funding for prevention efforts, efficient case management and partner notification, enhanced surveillance to ensure rapid response to outbreaks, coordinated support of provincial and territorial health departments, and involvement of community organizations and agencies.


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