CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateCANADA: Provincial Campaign Highlights Growing Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
October 28, 2013
Calgary Herald (09.27.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
Alberta, Canada’s provincial government is spending $1.6 million on a campaign to convince young Albertans to practice safe sex. The campaign includes video boards and posters in bars; television, online, and cinema advertisements; and a new Web site called sexgerms.com. The Web site has information on how to get tested and treated and includes slang terms for sexually transmitted infections and images of young adults with runny noses and bloodshot eyes and the phrase “A cold isn’t the only thing you could catch. Gonorrhea is on the rise.” Reported gonorrhea cases in the province have increased to 52.4 per 100,000 individuals in 2012, from 31.6 per 100,000 in 2010; chlamydia cases have more than doubled throughout the past decade to 15,529 cases in the province in 2012.