Revised Alberta Treatment Guidelines for Sexually Transmitted Infections

May 10, 2018

Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services have released the revised Alberta Treatment Guidelines for Sexually Transmitted Infections in Adolescents and Adults 2018. 

In conjunction with provincial STI experts, the guidelines have been adapted from the Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Since 2015, Alberta has experienced a sharp rise in the number of gonorrhea and infectious syphilis cases as well as a resurgence of congenital syphilis. Given the high rates of STIs in Alberta, it is recommended to assess patients for risk of and screen for STIs at routine medical appointments.

  • Patients at risk should be screened for syphilis, HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia. In-depth behaviour-based risk assessments and extensive pre- and post-test counselling are not requirements for offering an HIV test.
  • Pregnant women should be screened for syphilis in the first trimester and again at the time of delivery. More frequent screening is recommended in women who are at high risk of acquisition of syphilis during pregnancy.

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