Syphilis cases spike in Halifax
"Last year, we saw probably 18 cases, so we've seen as many cases in the first six months of this year as we did all of last year," he told CBC News. (he is Dr. Todd Hatchett, a specialist in infectious diseases at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.There was no mention made of advising people to refrain from sex, just more advice to use condoms consistently. And never is there advice to quit homosexual sex, which would of course solve the problem.
In 2001, there were 300 cases in Canada. The numbers have been rising ever since, with outbreaks in Alberta and New Brunswick. In 2009 — the most recent numbers available — there were more than 1,600 cases across Canada.
Hatchette said a decline in condom use contributes to the pattern, along with the mistaken belief that oral sex is safe.
He said so far in Nova Scotia, every case involves men having sex with men, but he expects that to change.