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PHO Rounds: Syphilis in Ontario: A clinical and surveillance update

Syphilis rates and cases in Ontario continue to increase, with marked increases seen across genders and in the numbers of congenital syphilis cases. This presentation will review recent syphilis epidemiology in Ontario and cover the clinical and public health management of infectious syphilis.

Intended audience: Public Health Nurses, A/MOHs, health care professionals (e.g., those working in/on infectious diseases, primary care, pediatrics, OB/GYN, etc.)

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe current trends related to infectious syphilis in Ontario, including those related to women with infectious syphilis and congenital syphilis cases.
  2. Identify current gaps in syphilis surveillance, and opportunities to improve syphilis surveillance data, particularly with respect to congenital syphilis.
  3. Discuss the clinical and public health management of infectious syphilis in Ontario, including testing, staging, treatment and follow-up monitoring.
  4. Apply infectious syphilis public health management approaches to case scenarios.

Présentateur(s): Andrea Saunders and Patrick O’Byrne

Andrea Saunders, RN, MSc, is a Communicable Diseases Specialist with Public Health Ontario’s Health Protection Department. As a nurse epidemiologist, her work encompasses a variety of activities related to public health surveillance and management of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on TB, influenza and emerging respiratory pathogens, sexually transmitted and blood borne infections. Andrea is a graduate of the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program and has also completed post-graduate professional training in Tropical Nursing and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Patrick O’Byrne RN-EC PhD, is a Full Professor of Nursing and a licensed Nurse Practitioner. Dr. O’Byrne’s research and clinical work focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of sexually transmitted and blood borne infections. As part of this work, Dr. O’Byrne has implemented a community-based, nurse-led HIV post-exposure prophylaxis and pre-exposure prophylaxis clinic in Ottawa. He is also the principal investigator for the GetaKit project.

Avis de non-responsabilité

The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Mis à jour le 5 juill. 2022