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Syphilis in SK

Congenital Syphilis

Sexual Health Clinics

Information for Healthcare Providers

Syphilis is everywhere in Saskatchewan.

  • Syphilis is on the rise all across Saskatchewan. Stop the spread of syphilis. Protect yourself and others.
  • Prevent harm to babies
  • It’s free, confidential, and easy to get tested in Saskatchewan (a simple blood sample)
  • Your family doctor or nurse practitioner
  • Walk-in clinics
  • Sexual health clinics
  • Download the KIS-SK app (Keep It Safe Saskatchewan) to find testing sites near you

Who?

  • People who have had unprotected sexual contact: Syphilis can be passed between partners during unprotected vaginal, oral, or anal sex.
  • Anyone who has had unprotected sexual contact (vaginal, anal, or oral sex) should get tested.
  • Women who might be pregnant or planning to get pregnant: Syphilis can be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy or delivery. It can harm the baby and even cause death.
  • Syphilis is passed through contact with syphilis lesions (sores or rash) in the genitals or mouth. Although more rare, this means that syphilis can also be passed through sharing sex toys, deep kissing, and sharing substance use equipment.

Why?

  • Getting tested for syphilis is the only way to know if you have it. Getting tested is the first step to getting cured!
  • Syphilis is curable, but it can cause serious harm if it is not treated. If you are pregnant, it can cause serious harm to babies. This is called congenital syphilis.
  • Having syphilis increases the risk of becoming infected with and passing on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). For more information about HIV, click here.

How?

  • Testing for syphilis requires a blood sample or swab of the infected area. Testing is free and confidential.

  • Syphilis can be cured with an injection of antibiotics.

What are the symptoms?

  • The symptoms of syphilis are often invisible. Even if a person doesn’t have any symptoms, the infection can still be passed to others. Each stage has different possible symptoms.

Congenital Syphilis

Congenital syphilis can harm babies and even cause death.

  • Congenital syphilis occurs when a mother with syphilis passes the infection on to her baby during pregnancy or vaginal birth.
  • Babies born with syphilis can have lifelong problems with their eyes, ears, teeth, and bones.
  • If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, ask for a test.

Syphilis in Saskatchewan Facts

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• Syphilis is on the rise all across Saskatchewan.
Between 2017 and 2021, Saskatchewan saw a 1,346% increase in syphilis rates.

 

• According to 2021 national data, people aged 25-39 years of age had the highest rates of infectious syphilis.

 

• Syphilis is curable with an injection of antibiotics. Protect yourself and others. Ask for a test today.

Sexual Health Clinics

Saskatoon Sexual Health Clinic

Phone: 306-655-4642
#100 – 310 Idylwyld Drive North

Regina Sexual Health Clinic

Phone: 306-766-7788
2110 Hamilton Street

Prince Albert Sexual Health Clinic (Access Place)

Phone: 306-765-6544
#3 – 101 15th Street East

Saskatoon Sexual Health

Phone: 306-244-7989
213 Avenue C South

Planned Parenthood Regina

Phone: 306-522-0902
2024A Albert Street

Battlefords Sexual Health Clinic

Phone: 306-937-6846
Room 104, 1192 – 101 Street North

OUT Saskatoon

Phone: 306-665-1224
213 Avenue C South

Swift Current Northside Medical Sexual Health Clinic

Phone: 306-773-9100
1921 Saskatchewan Drive

Moose Jaw Teen Wellness Clinic

Phone: 306-691-1500
1000B Albert Street

You can also contact your local public health office, visit HealthLine Online, or call HealthLine by dialing 811 to speak with a nurse.

Information for Healthcare Providers

For clinical information and resources related to syphilis, including order sets, clinical forms, and notification forms, please visit: www.saskhealthauthority.ca/intranet/health-provider-resources/clinical-resources/public-health/syphilis-public-health.

1319 Colony Street
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z1

Phone: 306-651-4300

Fax: 306-651-4301

Email: info@skprevention.ca