Anyone who engages in sexual activity is at risk of contracting an STI

The 2010 Public Health Agency of Canada STI information shows that:

  • Young women ages 15 to 24 and young men ages 20 to 29 are more likely to get STIs
  • Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed and reported STI in Canada. Young women ages 15 to 24 and young men ages 20 to 29 are most affected
  • Gonorrhea has increased by 94% over the past 10 years. Men account for two-thirds of reported cases. Young men ages 20 to 29 and young women ages 15 to 24 are most affected
  • About 70% of adults will have had genital types of HPV at least once in their lifetimes. Teen and young adult women and men are most affected
  • Genital herpes infection affects women more than men. This infection is common in teen and adult women and men
If you are looking for medical help or mental health question, call 811. This is a 24 -hour confidential line where you will have the opportunity to speak with a Registered Nurse regarding your concern.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (2018). My Health Alberta Website. Retrieved September 5,2019 from