Many countries, including Canada, have observed considerable changes in the epidemiology of infectious syphilis (i.e., primary, secondary, early latent and infectious neurosyphilis) in the past 15 years, both with respect to incidence and population at-risk. Outbreaks of infectious syphilis, predominantly among men who have sex with men (MSM), have contributed to significant rate increases and sustained transmission of the infection in many jurisdictions across Canada, including Ontario. Attendees will learn about the epidemiology of infectious syphilis in Ontario, risk factors and priority populations, targeted screening and diagnostic methods, treatment recommendations, and available resources for prevention and control activities.
Alanna Fitzgerald-Husek and Andrea Saunders
Alanna Fitzgerald-Husek is a Public Health physician with the Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control team at Public Health Ontario. Her portfolio includes sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis and Hepatitis B, among other communicable diseases.
Andrea Saunders is a nurse epidemiologist working as a Communicable Diseases specialist with Public Health Ontario’s Communicable Diseases unit. Her portfolio includes sexually transmitted infections (STIs), bloodborne infections, and tuberculosis.
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