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Sexual Health

Background

Sexual health involves making wise and informed choices to avoid taking unnecessary chances. It means taking responsibility for reproductive health and feeling comfortable with one’s sexual identity. Students need every opportunity to learn sexual health information that is accurate and inclusive to assist them in making informed decisions.  

As an educator, you may feel uncomfortable talking about sexuality with students, since it is closely connected to personal values, cultural and spiritual beliefs, and family background. The health unit has compiled the following information and resources to support educators in preparing to teach sexual health education, in order to meet Ontario curriculum expectations.   

Curriculum Supports

SMDHU Programs

The health unit offers a variety of services to support student health and sexuality, including confidential sexual health clinics, counseling and phone support.

In addition to these sexual health services, the health unit also offers a variety of progarms and services for secondary schools (PDF), covering a wide range of health-related topics.

Additional Resources

Visit the sexual health section of the health unit’s website for more information and resources related to sexuality, birth control, sexually transmitted infections, health unit services, blood exposures and more.

Are you concerned about a student and/or would like additional information related to counselling or community supports? Find out where to get help.


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