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Canada Up to 141 fertility clinic patients exposed to sexually transmitted infections: Alberta Health Services

23:51  14 december  2017
23:51  14 december  2017 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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WATCH ABOVE: Alberta Health Services says dozens of patients at an Edmonton fertility clinic were potentially exposed to sexually transmitted infections last month.

Sexually transmitted infections ( STI ), also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STD) or venereal diseases (VD), are infections that are commonly spread by sexual activity, especially vaginal intercourse, anal sex and oral sex. Many times STIs initially do not cause symptoms.

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Women who received an endovaginal ultrasound at the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s fertility clinic last month may be at risk of blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections due to a “possible lapse” in cleaning and disinfection procedures, Alberta Health Services says.

The health authority said it has started to contact 141 patients who received the procedure between Nov. 14 and Nov. 20 at the Regional Fertility and Women’s Endocrine Clinic. The patients face an “exceedingly low risk” of exposure to blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections, AHS said.

Dr. Mark Joffe, AHS vice president and medical director for northern Alberta, will host a news conference late Thursday morning to provide more details on the health authority’s investigation. 

The clinic is in the midst of winding down its non-insured services such as in-vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination. 

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