Media Advisory - Frosh Week Essentials



    MONTREAL, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - It's back to school at McGill University
and for the second year in a row a Trojan condom and sexually transmitted
infection (STI) information will be among the essential information placed
into McGill Frosh Kits being distributed to students on August 29th.
    Dr. Tellier, Director of Student Health Services at McGill University, is
available to discuss on-campus sexual health awareness initiatives.
    STI rates in Canada have increased so much that experts are calling the
phenomenon a hidden epidemic. In 1997 the rate of gonorrhea and syphilis were
at their lowest since they first began to be reported in the 1920s. Federal
Public
    Health officials were so pleased with the drop in STIs that they set a
2010 deadline for the elimination of gonorrhea, while syphilis was to be kept
at 0.5 cases per 100,000 people, or below.(1)
    Today, ten years later, syphilis is now at nine times the rate it was in
1997 and the gonorrhea rate has jumped 94 per cent since then.(2) So what
happened?
    It is vital that young Canadians are aware and informed of the
significant increase in STI incident rates and the effects unprotected sex
could have.

    
    What:      Frosh Week at McGill University with Dr. T

    Date:      Wednesday, August 29, 2007

    Time:      10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Location:  McGill University - Student Health Services
               3600 McTavish Street


    (1) Canadian Communicable Disease Report. Public Health Agency of Canada.
        STI Strategies in the UK, US and Canada. Page 19. Volume 33S1.
        May 2007. www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/ccdr-rmtc/07pdf/33s1_e.pdf
    (2) Ibid. Table 1. Page 8.
    




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