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The Aids Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador says it’s not surprised by recent numbers released by Eastern Health that show an increase in cases of syphilis throughout eastern Newfoundland.
Syphilis is a bacterial sexually-transmitted infection that is highly contagious.
The health authority identified 26 cases of syphilis in 2014.
So far this year, 15 cases have been confirmed — a jump in the number of syphilis cases health professionals expected to see within that short period of time.
• Syphilis outbreak reported in eastern Newfoundland
Gerard Yetman, executive director with the Aids Committee, which launched a sexually-transmitted diseases awareness campaign in December, said he is interested in the reasons why the statistics have spiked.
"I’d like to think that the awareness campaign possibly encouraged people to take note of their unprotected sexual activities and went in to get tested," Yetman said.
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