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Interesting Facts

For a complete list of our sexual health clinics, please click here.

Facts

The number of people estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in Canada is increasing. At the end of 2008 an estimated 65,000 Canadians were living with HIV/AIDS which represents an increase of more than 12% from 2005.

Approximately 26% of Canadians testing positive for HIV/AIDS were unaware of their infection. Visit HealthSTATS for more details.

In Simcoe Muskoka, the annual infectious syphilis incidence rate per 100,000 persons has varied between 0.2 and 1.6 cases per 100,000 population from 2005-2011. Visit HealthSTATS for more details.

HIV / AIDS

There is NO vaccination or cure for HIV/AIDS

Why is HIV a serious risk?

  • Men who have multiple partners, anonymous partners, or use substances to enhance their sexual experiences are at greater risk for HIV and other STIs.
  • The presence of other STIs can make it easier to transmit and acquire HIV sexually.

What counseling support is available from the health unit?

  • Call the health unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., to speak confidentially with a public health nurse or to book an appointment for STI testing.
  • Men Only Drop-In Clinic available on Tuesdays from 3 - 6 p.m. at 80 Bradford Street, Unit 403, Barrie, ON, for confidential STI testing and anonymous POC Rapid HIV testing. 

Before coming in to the Men Only Drop-in Clinic, please read the following:

  • If you are experiencing any symptoms, please do not come to the drop-in clinic - call the number below to discuss with a nurse and book an appointment.
  • Don't urinate for two hours before coming in to the drop-in clinic.
  • Space is limited and clients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis until the maximum number of clients that can be seen has been reached. 

Should I get tested for HIV?

  • Click here to learn more about getting tested for HIV.

HIV and the Law

  • Contact the health unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and speak confidentially with a public health nurse.
  • Contact the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  • Contact HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), a non-profit, community-based legal clinic serving
    low-income people with HIV and AIDS in Ontario.

How can I learn more about protecting myself from HIV?

Syphilis

Why is syphilis a serious risk?

  • Over the past several years, the rate of syphilis among men has increased.
  • It is now known that the lesions caused by syphilis in adults also make it easier to transmit and acquire HIV sexually. The lesions are painless and often go unnoticed in the mouth and on the genitals.

How can I learn more about protecting myself from Syphilis?

For a list of other supports available, please visit our resources page.

For our men who have sex with men page, please click here.

 

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