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STIs on the rise in northern Alberta

Alberta, and northern Alberta in particular are continuing to see an increase in sexually transmitted infections and HIV according to the Edmonton Journal.

HIV rates increased in 2013 for the third year in the row in the province, according to an annual report on notifiable sexually transmitted infections.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. James Talbot says officials need to more closely study the rates of HIV infection in the north, because of the population of men and transient workers.

In 2010, there were 205 cases of HIV in the province.

That number rose to 255 in 2013.

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