What are STIs?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are any contagious diseases which are spread by sexual contact with another person and which usually appear on the genitals. Because sexually transmitted infections have become so wide-spread and can have such serious consequences, the law attempts to control their spread.
The provincial Public Health Act requires everyone who knows or suspects that she has been infected with a sexually transmitted infection to see a doctor immediately for diagnosis (i.e. by a blood test or a vaginal culture) and treatment. The Act also requires all doctors and clinics to immediately report all cases of STIs to the Department of Health and to teach all persons who are suffering from an STI how to prevent the spread of the disease.
If you are diagnosed as having a sexually transmitted infection, you should immediately inform all of your past and present sexual partners. This may be embarrassing for you to do, but it is necessary so that others may seek treatment and abstain from sexual relations in order to prevent the spread of STIs.
To locate an STI clinic in your area, look in the phone book under Alberta Health Services (pink pages) or contact the local Department of Health, you can also visit any walk-in clinic for treatment for most STIs.