Sexual Health | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Sexual Health

Sexual Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is mandated by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in the Ontario Public Health Standards to provide access to lower cost birth control methods. We do so through our Sexual Health Clinic.

Some young women are uncomfortable seeing their primary health care provider or do not have a health care provider to obtain a contraceptive prescription. Any woman under 25 years of age can visit our Sexual Health Clinic practitioner for a contraceptive prescription. 

Occasionally, in the best interest of the client, we will need to work with the health care provider to provide the safest contraceptive option. Our clinic practitioner will prescribe the contraceptive, which will either be dispensed at the Sexual Health Clinic or at a pharmacy.

For financial reasons, a woman of any age can bring a contraceptive prescription (pill, patch, ring) from her health care provider to our Sexual Health Clinic for dispensing at a lower cost. The health care provider can also fax the prescription to us at (613) 968-1482, indicating which Sexual Health Clinic the woman plans to attend. These are usually women without access to a drug plan.

Depo Provera prescriptions are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. If a woman needs financial help, this may be possible, but we prefer that the woman return to your office for her injections.

Only name-brand contraceptives are available at our Sexual Health Clinic. A prescription written for a generic prescription will be filled with the name-brand contraceptive unless otherwise stated on the prescription. We do not carry the extended brands of pills.

With each client contact to obtain contraceptives, a registered nurse assesses for side effects and any struggles to use the contraceptive method effectively.

Any opportunity to work with the individual’s health care provider (with consent) to support the person’s success with contraception is welcomed.

Free urine/blood pregnancy testing and subsequent option counselling or contraceptive counselling are provided on a walk-in basis at all of our Sexual Health Clinics.

Please call us with any questions or concerns at (613) 966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 243.

TTY: Dial 711 + (613) 966-5500 + GA (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

STI Treatment and Contacts

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is mandated by the Ontario Public Health Standards (link to Standards - to provide Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing, case management, and treatment of reportable bacterial STIs.

In order to meet these obligations, we work in partnership with community health care providers to provide the best coordinated care for infected individuals.

The following is the process that we follow when investigating a reportable STI:

  1. Public Health receives a copy of the lab report confirming a positive result for a reportable STI.
  2. Public Health contacts the health care provider who ordered the test to ensure that adequate treatment is taken by the client/patient. 
  3. Public Health recommends that health care providers utilize the Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections on treatment options or download A Quick Guide to: Sexually Transmitted Infections (revised May 2015)
  4. With regard to Gonorrhoea treatment, Public Health advises health care providers to utilize the  recommendations contained in the Guidelines for Testing and Treatment of Gonorrhea in Ontario (May, 2013) or down load our Gonorrhea Testing, Screening and Treatment Quick Guide (revised May 2015)
  5. Syphilis is a complex infection which needs to be staged in order to provide adequate treatment.  If you need this type of support, our Sexual Health Clinic physician may be able to help. Contact our clinic directly.
  6. Public Health determines who will take responsibility for the contact tracing required. The contact tracing process significantly helps to notify exposed individuals regarding their need for testing and/or treatment.
  7. Public Health collects specific, detailed information from health care providers required by the provincial database. This database allows Public Health to maintain surveillance of all reportable communicable infections, including most STIs.

Any of your patients, who are unable to afford antibiotic treatment for chlamydia, including Lymphogranuloma venereum, Gonorrhoea and syphilis, can obtain free treatment at our Sexual Health Clinics. Your written prescription can be faxed to (613) 968-1482 or brought by the individual to a Sexual Health Clinic for dispensing.  Antibiotics can also be ordered from the clinic.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offers fact sheets about various STIs. Click here to access these.

If you have any questions regarding STIs and treatment, call our Sexual Health Intake Line at (613) 966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext 243.

TTY: Dial 711 + (613) 966-5500 + GA (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)