Options for accessing sexual health services in Hastings and Prince Edward counties:
- Your primary health care provider
- Your college health services
- A walk-in clinic
- Your secondary school public health nurse (if your school offers a public health clinic)
- An emergency department (If you are experiencing symptoms and are unable to access any other options)
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Public Health’s Sexual Health Clinics offer non-judgemental 2SLGBTQI+ and youth-friendly information and support.
Appointment-based services are available for people who do not have access to a health care provider, and are:
- diagnosed with a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and/or HIV (if you are unable to access your health care provider)
- sexual partners of persons diagnosed with an STI including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and/or HIV
Contraception counselling and STI testing appointments are available to people who do not have a health care provider and meet clinic criteria.
Emergency contraception (Plan B and ella) for anyone who is unable to afford it
While STI screening is available on a drop-in basis (see below), consultation services with a public health nurse are available on an appointment basis only. To book an appointment call the Sexual Health Program at 613-966-5500 ext. 243. For AODA options scroll to the bottom of this page.
STI Quick Test Clinics for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
If you are sexually active, getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Routine STI testing is important because many people may have an STI and not have any symptoms. If a person does not know they have an STI they may pass it on to their sexual partner(s). They may also be at risk of developing complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and/or infertility.
While individuals are encouraged to contact their own health care provider for STI testing, this may not be an option for everyone. In response, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) has launched STI Quick Test Clinics to provide easy-access testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea at all office locations. Individuals can drop in during STI Quick Test Clinic hours, fill out a form (bring your health card if you have one) and provide a self-collected sample (pee in a cup and/or throat swab and/or rectal swab) – no appointment necessary.
People who believe they may have an STI and are experiencing symptoms such as burning when they pee, abnormal discharge, pelvic or testicular pain, should seek assessment and testing from a medical professional. There is no health care provider at this clinic and full consultation is not available. Individuals with symptoms will not get a diagnosis or treatment at the time of the test.
Key things to remember if you attend the STI Quick Test Clinics:
- This is a self-serve testing clinic ONLY – there is no medical professional at the clinic; you will not receive assessment, diagnosis or treatment
- Appointments are not required (drop-in during STI Quick Test Clinic hours)
- While the test itself will only take a few minutes, wait time will vary depending on the volume of clients
- Please do not urinate (go pee) 1 hour before you attend the clinic.
- Please bring your health card (if you have one)
- No News is Good News: we only contact you if you have a positive test
Test Clinics will be held at the following locations and times:
- Belleville HPEPH Office, 179 North Park Street
Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with the exception of stat holidays)
- Trenton HPEPH Office*
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Bancroft HPEPH Office*
2nd and 4th Tuesdays starting of the month from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Picton HPEPH Clinic*
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
*Please note that Trenton, Bancroft and Picton offices are closed over the lunch hour between 12 pm and 1 pm
Other Sexual Health Services Available Through HPEPH
Low-cost birth control, including emergency contraception (Plan B)
Low-cost birth control, including emergency contraception (Plan B) dispensing is available for women who have a prescription from another health care provider. Please have your health care provider fax your prescription to our Sexual Health Fax line at 613-968-1482. Birth control types/brands available include:
- Depo Provera
- Diane 35
- Evra Patches
- Jencycla (Generic of Micronor)
- Tricira-Lo (Generic of Tricylen-Lo)
- Plan B
Free Condoms are available at all Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offices during regular office hours. If you require dental dams, female condoms, latex-free or larger sized condoms, call in advance and we can prepare a package for you to pick-up.
If you need more information after reviewing this page, please call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 243.
Page last updated: July 25, 2022.