If you're having sex of any kind, you could be at risk of contracting syphilis or other sexually transmitted infections (STI) - regardless of your age, gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.

Syphilis is an infection spread through sexual contact – including oral, anal and vaginal sex. Syphilis can be hard to detect and if left untreated over time, can have serious or even deadly health consequences. A woman who gets syphilis during pregnancy may pass it to her unborn child which may result in severe permanent complications or death.

Use this website as a tool to get the information you need. Take the short quiz to find out if you're at risk, and see a health professional to get tested. After all, it's better to know than worry.

AM I AT RISK?

Please click on the appropriate answer.

Q: Are you sexually active?

The only way to completely avoid a STI is to not have any kind of sex. You could be at risk of getting syphilis or some other STI if you answered YES, and if you're having sex - oral, anal or vaginal - without condoms or dental dams. It doesn't matter who you are. Albertans of all ages, gender, ethnicities, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status are getting syphilis.
The only way to completely avoid a STI is to not have any kind of sex. You could be at risk of getting syphilis or some other STI if you're having sex - oral, anal or vaginal - without condoms or dental dams. It doesn't matter who you are. Albertans of all ages, gender, ethnicities, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status are getting syphilis.

Q: Have you had oral, anal or vaginal sex without a condom or dental dam?

Syphilis and other STI can be spread by sexual contact: oral, anal and vaginal. If you're having sex without a condom or dental dam you're at risk of getting syphilis. Use protection every time you have ANY kind of sex.
If you and your partner use protection every time you have sex, your chance of getting a STI is greatly reduced. Syphilis and other STI can be spread by sexual contact: oral, anal and vaginal. If you're having sex without a condom or dental dam you're at risk of getting syphilis. Use protection every time you have ANY kind of sex.

Q: Have you and your partner been tested for STI?

So you know how easy testing is. If you're sexually active and don't use protection consistently and correctly, get tested often. Better yet, start using condoms every time. If you don't know if your partner has been tested for STI, don't stop using protection until they've been tested too. Many STI have no symptoms, so you can't tell if someone has a STI just by looking at them. For more information on testing visit the links provided.
If you're sexually active and don't use barrier protection consistently and correctly, get tested. Start using condoms every time you have sex. If you don't know if your partner has been tested for STI, don't stop using protection until they've been tested too. Many STI have no symptoms, so you can't tell if someone has a STI just by looking at them. For more information on testing visit the links provided.
If you don’t know, your chance of getting an STI is higher. Talk to your partner about getting tested. Start using condoms every time you have sex. Many STI have no symptoms, so you can't tell if someone has a STI just by looking at them. For more information on testing visit the links provided.

Q: Have you or someone you've been involved with had sexual contact with a sex trade worker?

Multiple partners and inconsistent condom use put sex trade workers, their clients and consequently YOU at higher risk of getting a STI, including syphilis. But remember, the current outbreak of syphilis in Alberta is not limited to any particular group. It is affecting people of all ages, gender, ethnicities, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.
Remember, the current outbreak of syphilis in Alberta is not limited to any particular group. People of all ages, gender, ethnicities, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status are being infected with syphilis and other STI. Syphilis and other STI can be spread by sexual contact: oral, anal and vaginal. If you're having sex without a condom or dental dam you're at risk of getting syphilis. Use protection every time you have ANY kind of sex.
Multiple partners and inconsistent condom use put sex trade workers, their clients and consequently YOU at higher risk of getting a STI, including syphilis. If you are unsure if your current sex partner has been involved in the sex trade – get tested. But remember, the current outbreak of syphilis in Alberta is not limited to any particular group. It is affecting people of all ages, gender, ethnicities, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.

Q: Do you or your partner use drugs or alcohol?

Being "under the influence" of drugs or alcohol impairs a person's judgment, and may make you or your partner more likely to participate in risky sexual activities - like anonymous hook-ups and unprotected oral, anal or vaginal sex. This increases your risk for getting a STI. Be honest with yourself about your behaviours and plan ahead for safety.
You may be at less risk of getting STI. Being "under the influence" of drugs or alcohol impairs a person's judgment, and may make you or your partner more likely to participate in risky sexual activities - like anonymous hook-ups and unprotected oral, anal or vaginal sex.
Being "under the influence" of drugs or alcohol impairs a person's judgment, and may make you or your partner more likely to participate in risky sexual activities - like anonymous hook-ups and unprotected oral, anal or vaginal sex. Be honest with yourself about your behaviours and plan ahead for safety.

Q: Do you know how to avoid STI?

Whether you answered YES or NO, did you know that the only way to completely avoid a STI is to not have any kind of sex? However, you can reduce your risk by avoiding casual or anonymous sex and by using condoms or dental dams for protection every time you have oral, anal or vaginal sex.
Whether you answered YES or NO, did you know that the only way to completely avoid a STI is to not have any kind of sex? However, you can reduce your risk by avoiding casual or anonymous sex and by using condoms or dental dams for protection every time you have oral, anal or vaginal sex.