Responding to the Syphilis Crisis in Primary Care

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Despite advances in health care, the number of syphilis infections is skyrocketing across Alberta, reaching their highest levels in 70 years

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Cases of the disease in Alberta have exploded since 2000, when only 17 were reported. By 2020, there were 2,509 cases in the province. Almost half the cases were in Edmonton, which had about three times as many as were reported in Calgary. In fact, Edmonton has one of the highest syphilis rates in Canada.

To fight the increasing numbers, heightened primary care awareness and action is essential to push individuals to get tested and treated.

Join Dr. Petra Smyczek, Provincial Medical Director for STI in Alberta, Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health, and Medical Director of the STI clinic in Edmonton, to learn how to:

  • Understand the epidemiology of syphilis in Alberta.
  • Identify typical signs and symptoms of syphilis.
  • Define treatment options of syphilis as per the Alberta Treatment guidelines.
  • Explain the importance of prenatal STI testing.
  • Build processes for screening at-risk patients in primary care.

Our facilitators will guide you through earning 5 Mainpro certified credits through Linking Learning to Practice

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