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Sexual Health

Sex and sexuality are important aspects of our health at all ages and stages of our lives.  This includes being comfortable with individual sexuality, making decisions such as whether or not to have sex, how to protect ourselves against sexually transmitted and blood borne infections, and planning for pregnancy at a time that is right for us. 

The health unit promotes healthy sexuality and works to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections and blood borne infections (STBBI’s).

We are currently experiencing a disruption to our everyday business due to our agency's response to COVID-19. We expect this to continue for some weeks and possibly into months. Until further notice our Drop-In clinics are cancelled. We apologize for this inconvenience.

We understand that sexual health and wellness are always important, and we don’t want you to take any unnecessary risks when it comes to sex or COVID19. Check out these tips on protecting yourself and your partner or browse our website for information on sexual health.   

Have a Sexual Health question or concern? Call 705-721-7520, or toll free at 1-877-721-7520, and press #3 to talk with a Sexual Health Public Health Nurse.

Be sure to check back for updates as to when our clinics will resume.

We:

  • Raise awareness about sexually transmitted infections and blood borne infections (STBBI) and prevention strategies, through community engagement, social media, and presentations to social service providers, educators and health care providers.
  • Offer clinic services to anyone seeking testing and/or treatment for STBBIs, birth control information and/or low cost birth control, free condoms as well as pregnancy testing and options counselling.
  • Work in partnership with community organizations to promote healthy sexuality.
  • Offer services that are confidential and inclusive of all genders and orientations

What Matters to Your Health

Preventing STIs

Chlamydia rates in Simcoe Muskoka continue to rise annually, especially for those between the ages of 15 and 24 years. To prevent STBBIs, it is important to make healthy choices. This includes wearing a condom or using other barriers when engaging in sexual activities. Getting tested for STBBIs at one of our clinics or by one’s health care provider is essential for anyone who is sexually active and may be at risk.  More than 50 percent of infected males and 70 percent of infected females have no symptoms and are unaware they have chlamydia.

Preventing Unintended Pregnancy

We offer birth control services.  This may include providing low cost birth control to be purchased at our clinic, or prescribing birth control for which the cost is covered through the OHIP+ program.  For women who are facing unintended pregnancy, we may help with counselling re: options so those women can make the best, informed decision for themselves.

For more information:

Call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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