A guidance document for Health Care Providers in Windsor-Essex pertaining to bacterial sexually transmitted infections
Sexually Transmitted & Bloodborne Infections
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Syphilis is a bacterial infection caused by Treponema pallidum bacteria and spread by sexual contact (Heymann, 2015). The disease can result in either acute or chronic outcomes resulting in four possible stages of infection, if left untreated.
Bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia, and syphilis, are increasing across Ontario and locally, in Windsor and Essex County. These infections pose a serious health risk to individuals and their partners. Complications from acquiring these infections range from chronic pelvic pain, infertility, and sterility, to more systemic infections of other organs, such as the heart and brain.