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STI cases on the rise in Ottawa

While the rate of sexually transmitted infections has been steadily increasing in many high-income countries over the past 15 years, the trend is particularly concerning given the increased public awareness campaigns, said Frederique Chabot, health information officer at Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights.

“We have a lot of tools at our disposal to actually have a substantive impact and prevent new infections, but that has not been the case,” she said.

She said a number of structural interventions need to happen in order to reverse the trend. A comprehensive, age-appropriate sexual education should include human and sexual rights, gender equality, healthy relationships and sexual reproductive health.

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