"Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections are popular. Use condoms!"
This year, some 40,000 Quebecers will be told they have a sexually transmitted or blood-borne infection (STBBI).
This is why from November 25th to December 1st, the MSSS is unveiling a campaign urging people to keep using condoms, still the easiest and most practical way to protect ourselves, in any circumstances and regardless of sexual orientation. The campaign will end on December 1st, World AIDS Day 2011.
The fourth provincial report on the health of Quebecers (Quatrième rapport national sur l’état de santé de la population du Québec- L’épidémie silencieuse- les infections transmissibles sexuellement et par le sang ) states that it is imperative for us to join forces again, individually and collectively, to fight against the STBBI epidemic. Long-term consequences can be serious: infertility, ectopic pregnancy in the younger generation of women, higher risk of chronic diseases and cancer, transmission to newborns, for example. These infections also entail economic and social costs.
A popular campaign
Statistics that speak volumes
It is estimated that 18,000 people are living with HIV in Québec. Every day, three people are newly infected and 2/3 of them are men who have sex with men.
Chlamydia: Still on the rise …
This infection remains by far the most common of all reportable STBBI, with 17,321 cases in 2010.
Women represent 69% of cases.
Young people aged 15 to 24 make up 2/3 of cases.
Over 2000 cases of this infection were reported in 2010.
This is 57% more than in 2006.
The increase is more marked in women than in men.
Men account for 2/3 of cases, a third of whom are between the ages of 15 and 24.
From 2006 to 2009, the number of cases of syphilis remained relatively stable. However, between 2009 and 2010, the number rose 42%.
In 2010, 539 cases of infectious syphilis were reported. The large majority of these cases are men, and the infection especially affects men who have sex with men. Several cases were also reported in women of childbearing age.
Hepatitis C mostly affects people who inject drugs, 2/3 of whom are infected. Every year, one in four people who inject drugs gets the infection.
For more epidemiological information, go to the Statistiques section (in French only).