Vancouver, BC – A new campaign developed by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is warning gay and bisexual men that a serious illness is trending within their community.
“Syphilis rates are at epidemic proportions in the Lower Mainland,” said Dr. Réka Gustafson, medical health officer, VCH. “In 2012, 371 cases were reported in B.C., and most of them are gay and bisexual men. This is the highest level in 30 years.”
The new educational campaign includes posters and a webpage at www.checkhimout.ca/syphilis/
. The campaign uses the notion of trending topics in social media to discuss rising syphilis rates in Vancouver.Click here
to read the full news release posted at the Vancouver Coastal Health website.