Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major public health concern in Canada and around the world. They can result in compromised sexual and reproductive health, as well as cancers, reduced quality of life, and even death. Disadvantaged people are disproportionately affected by STIs and may face barriers to accessing healthcare. This can concentrate STIs within high-risk areas and increase transmission rates.
Dr. Ann Burchell, Canada Research Chair in Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention, is using epidemiological data to improve prevention and health care for STIs and minimize the complications associated with these diseases. She and her research team hope to promote sexual health for all by supporting effective and practical strategies to prevent STI and related cancers in high-risk populations.