July 28 was World Hepatitis C Day. A day designed to draw attention to this infectious virus that affects so many people around the globe. It was also the day Saskatoon Health Region released the latest rates of bloodborne (HIV and hepatitis C) and sexually transmitted infections (gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis) in our Region.

There was some good news to report, including steady declines in the rates of both HIV and hepatitis C. Rates for sexually transmitted infections were not as encouraging; there are increases in both gonorrhea and syphilis. Chlamydia rates remain unchanged since last year.

The Public Health Observatory created some interesting graphics to sum up some of the findings:

New cases of hepatitis C are declining in our Region

Chlamydia rates are high and have remained unchanged since 2010

A copy of the full report, which includes information on the many intervention strategies implemented to provide opportunities for better health for all, can be found on the Region’s website at www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca