Supplement: 2002 Canadian sexually transmitted infections surveillance report

McKay, Alexander
March 2005
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2005, Vol. 14 Issue 1/2, p41
Academic Journal
The article presents a summary of a supplemental report to the Canada Communicable Disease Report 31S2, which contains statistics on sexually transmitted disease in Canada as of 2002. The report, from the Public Health Agency of Canada, provides the most recent epidemiological data on nationally reportable sexually transmitted infections (STI) like chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis. Chlamydia remains the most common reportable STI in Canada. National data for chlamydia has been available since 1990 and from that year until its lowest point in 1997, the chlamydia rate had declined steadily. Infectious syphilis is the least commonly reported STI in Canada. However, like chlamydia and gonorrhea, the syphilis rate has increased since 1997. Gonorrhea also reached its lowest rate in Canada in 1997 and steadily increased. In 2002, as in past years, the gonorrhea rate was considerably higher in males (29.6) than in females (17.5). Among males, the highest rate was in the 20-24 age group (102.0), followed by those aged 25 to 29 (76.5) and those aged 30 to 39 (55.6). The pattern for females was different. Among females, the highest rate was in the 15 to 19 age group (101.3), followed by those aged 20 to 24 (83.0) and those aged 25 to 29 (36.2).


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