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Sexually Transmitted Infections

What are Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs?)

STIs are infections that can pass from person to person by having sexual contact (genital skin to skin or oral, vaginal or anal sex), or blood contact. Some STIs can be treated with medication, but the infection can return. Serious consequences can result when an STI is left untreated.

How can I protect Myself from STIs?

Public Health provides testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Testing is easy and is free of charge. We encourage individuals to get tested before beginning a new sexual relationship.

It is highly recommended that sexually active individuals are vaccinated against HPV, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B. It is also recommended that you use condoms with every act of sexual contact from beginning to end, and that you limit the number of people with whom you have sexual relations.

Where can I get Tested?

See your health care provider or visit one of our sexual health clinics for testing. 

Need More Information?

For more information on STI and pap testing, call the Sexual Health Intake Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-276-2803, ext. 243.

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Appointments for individuals 5+ can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.


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The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.