Sexual health is feeling good physically, mentally and socially about your own sexuality and any intimate or sexual relationships. It means always respecting yourself and others and having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences when you are ready that are free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
It’s important to have access to confidential, non-judgmental sexual and reproductive information and services.
STIs can be passed from person to person by having sexual contact or blood contact. Some STIs can be treated with medication. If an STI is left untreated it can lead to serious health problems.
A condom should be used every time you have sexual contact. Condoms can help protect you from STIs and unwanted pregnancies.
You can have an STI and not have any symptoms. See a health care provider or call RCDHU for STI testing. For more information call RCDHU at 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.
More information on sexual health and your options can be found at http://www.sexandu.ca/.
It is important to know your birth control options and how they work.
Birth control will only work if it is used properly. There are many different types of birth control and a health care provider can help find one that best suits you and your lifestyle.
Stay on Schedule is your guide to taking contraception after a missed or extended dose.
Renfrew County and District Health Unit may be able to help with the cost of your birth control by providing you with a coupon for your pharmacy. Visit a Sexual Health Clinic for more information.
Emergency contraceptive pills must be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex and are most effective if taken within three days. These pills are available by speaking to the pharmacist at your local drug store.
The only birth control method that provides protection from sexually transmitted infections is the male and female condom.
Renfrew County and District Health Unit offers confidential, non-judgemental counselling at our Sexual Health Clinics in Arnprior, Barry’s Bay, Pembroke and Renfrew.
Speak to a Public Health Nurse about any sexual health questions by calling 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.
More information on sexual health and your options visit www.sexandu.ca
RCDHU does NOT offer on-site STI testing, but can provide lab requisitions for uncomplicated Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing for those who have any of the following risk factors:
- having sexual contact with person(s) with a known STI;
- being sexually active and under 25 years;
- having a new sexual contact or having had multiple sexual contacts in the past year;
- being street involved and/or homeless;
- being a sex worker;
- having anonymous sexual contacts;
- being a victim of sexual assault/abuse;
- injection drug use;
- using other substances such as alcohol or chemicals;
- having a previous STI; and
- not using contraception or sole use of non-barrier contraception.