Shomporko Online News Desk: Hastings Residents who have unprotected intercourse should get tested for sexually transmitted illnesses, according to Prince Edward Public Health (STIs).
According to the health unit, there has been a dramatic surge in syphilis infections in the region, with 18 instances identified so far in 2021.
“The current rate of infectious syphilis in Hastings and Prince Edward County is almost three times higher than the five-year average,” the health unit said.
There is also a continuing gonorrhea outbreak in the region, with nearly 50 cases counted so far this year.
Finally, the health unit has recorded a rise in HIV numbers locally.
People of all ages, relationship statuses, and sexual orientations are testing positive, the health unit said, so anyone having unprotected sex could be at risk.