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Why is Syphilis on the rise?
Hi. We have seen an increase in syphilis, starting in 2011. In BC, the majority of cases (almost all) are now in men who have sex with men (MSM), many of whom also have HIV. The increase is possibly due to a number of things. One factor may be changes in social networks, otherwise known as "who you hang out with and have sex with". If an infection gets into a community or social... Read Full Answer
I hear that it hurts to get STI testing. Do they need to stick a swab in my penis?
Hi. These days you usually don’t need to get a swab in your penis. Most of the time all you have to do for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea testing, is pee in a cup. If you have been treated for Gonorrhea you may be asked to return for a swab to make sure that it is gone. Your health care provider will talk to you about this if they think it is needed. For more about STI testing, click... Read Full Answer