Sexually transmitted infection rates on the rise according to WECHU


The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has announced that sexually transmitted infection rates are on the rise in the region. 

On Thursday, August 4 the health unit put up a Tweet in regards to the rise of STIs. 

WECHU's Director of Public Health Programs, Felicia Lawal says there is an increase in people with Chlamydia, Syphilis and Gonorrhea.

She says with the pandemic many factors have led to the rise of these infection rates. 

"With the pandemic, we know that some of the factors that went into play were limited access and people not getting tested in a timely manner because health care access was an issue, so as things open up again it could be a factor of more testing." 
Lawal says WECHU continues to raise awareness on people getting tested for STIs. 

"We need people to take precautions when it comes to STIs and want people to be aware and practice safe sex." 

She says the health unit is seeing a steady increase in infectious diseases.   

"That is not the trajectory that we would like as a public health service, as with any disease we want to see a decline and we're just not there yet, it's a matter  that still needs to be brought forward so the community can make good decisions or personal choices that are safe." 

To find out if you are at risk, a survey can be completed on the WECHU website.

Files from AM800's Rob Hindi