The Eastern Regional Medical Officer of Health admits there are barriers to getting treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.
Dr. Janice Fitzgerald was responding to warnings in the wake of a recent outbreak of syphilis in the community.
Fifty-six cases were confirmed in the province in 2018 including one baby who contracted it congenitally while in the womb.
Dr. Fitzgerald says it’s important that anyone who may have had unprotected sex and who believes they may have been infected to seek treatment. She says it’s also important to be open and honest with your doctor.
She admits there are barriers caused by stigma, and they want people to understand it’s important that they get tested.
If left untreated, syphilis can cause serious and lasting effects including neurological, hearing and vision problems.