Oilsands workers high risk for STIs: report

// // Posted in Aboriginal Health News

By Amanda Richardson

Posted 9 hours ago

Men working in the oilsands and Aboriginals living in the area are considered high risk for contracting STIs.

Alberta Health and Wellness released their 2010 Annual Report on Notifiable Sexually Transmitted Infections, Monday, showing the first provincial decrease in STI rates since 2004 and the second consecutive year showing a decrease in new cases of HIV and AIDS.

However, the high numbers of young adult males and Aboriginals in the area have drawn the government’s attention to the region, and Alberta’s chief medical officer Dr. André Corriveau says they will continue to keep an eye on the oilsands.

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