Sexual and Reproductive Health Week February 12th-15th, 2018
Valentine's Day may bring thoughts of romance but this year let it also bring thoughts of health...sexual health. Whether you are single, are partnered up, date, are married, have children or not, whether you've had sex or not, we are all sexual people. Sexual health isn't just about preventing sexually transmitted infections. It's about being aware of your body, and about making informed decisions.
For current information on sexual and reproductive health including birth control, sexually transmitted infections, pre-conception and pregnancy, visit www.sexandu.ca.
For more information on preconception, reproductive life planning and pregnancy click here.
Contraception, also known as birth control, is used to prevent unplanned pregnancy. There are many different birth control options available today. Take some time to find out about the choices available for you and/or your partner.
Birth control methods only work as well as the person using them. The birth control pill must be taken every day; other options include methods that are once a week (the patch), once a month (the ring), once every 3 months (the shot), or once every three to five years (the IUS).
New - For women age 24 years or younger; OHIP+ now covers many birth control options including the pill, the shot and IUS. If money has been a barrier to birth control in the past, this is a great time to rethink your sexual health goals. For more information on OHIP+ click here.
Many birth control prescriptions can be brought to anyone of the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Sexual Health Clinics and purchased at a lower cost. Women under the age 25 can obtain a birth control prescription by booking an appointment at one of our Hastings Prince Edward Public Health's Sexual Health Clinics.
Condoms are available free of charge at all of our Sexual Health Clinics.
More information on birth control options can be found at www.sexandu.ca
When accidents happen, such as a condom breaking and you don't want to get pregnant, there is emergency contraception (Plan B). Plan B is the most effective when taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex and declines the later they are taken; but they can be taken up to five days later. These pills are available over-the-counter at pharmacies, but less expensive at the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health's Sexual Health Clinic.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
STIs are infections that spread from one person to another through any type of sexual contact. Anyone can get a Sexually Transmitted Infection. Many people have a Sexual Transmitted Infection and don't know it. Without treatment, Sexually Transmitted Infections can cause serious health problems - even infertility. You can also spread the infection to your sexual partners. The only way to find out if you have a Sexually Transmitted Infection (or not) is to get tested.
STI testing is available at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health's Sexual Health Clinic. Chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing is available by drop-in during clinic hours. If you are coming to the sexual health clinic for testing, do not urinate 2 hours prior.
For more information about STIs visit www.sexandu.ca
Blood Borne Sexually transmitted infections/HIV
For more information visit
Catie - Canada's source for HIV and Hepatitis C (http://www.catie.ca/)
HARS - HIV AIDS Regional Services (http://hars.ca/)
Need more information?
For more information on any of these topics, please contact:
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at 613-966-5500; TTY 711; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sexual Health Ontario www.sexualhealthontario.ca - also provides a live e-chat service
- Sex & U www.sexandu.ca
- Open Line Open Mind www.openlineopenmind.com/ 310-OPEN - Call 613-310-6736 for free, confidential service to get information, support and referral to all mental health and addictions services in Hastings & Prionce Edward Counties in Ontario, Canada.