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Sexual Health

The Clinic Experience

When you come to the Sexual Health Clinic you can expect:

  • Privacy and confidentiality.
  • Short wait times if you book an appointment. Walk-in appointments may be available but we recommend that you call before coming to the clinic.
  • To fill out a form with your contact information (unless you require an anonymous HIV test only). Your information is used to start a medical file or retrieve an existing one. No health card is required.
  • Pamphlets to read while you wait.
  • Free condoms to take with you.
  • Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Doctors to answer your questions.

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In a private room, you will meet with a Registered Nurse who will:  

  • go over a consent for services and collection of information form with you.
  • ask the reason for your clinic visit.
  • ask questions about your medical and sexual history.

Your answers will help to determine the type of services that are most suitable for you. Depending on your agreed upon plan, the health care professional may decide to do testing, provide counselling, make referrals and/or give you pamphlets to read and take home. After consulting with the nurse you may need to see the doctor or nurse practitioner for further assessment, testing, a prescription or a referral.

If you have any questions, please ask the nurse or health care practitioner during your visit and they will make sure you understand everything before you leave.

All your information is kept private and confidential.

Testing:

The clinic can test for several types of sexually transmitted infections. The table below lists the sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections that we may test for and how the test is completed.   

Infection

Testing

Chlamydia

Men: urine sample or swab from the infected area  
Women: urine sample or swab of infected area during a pelvic exam

Gonorrhoea

Men: urine sample or swab from the infected area
Women: urine sample or swab of infected area during a pelvic exam

Syphilis

Blood test and/or swab from the sore

Human immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Blood test (point of care HIV test - finger prick with rapid results, or standard HIV - blood draw in the arm)

Genital herpes simplex virus infection

Visual examination of sores and/or swab of the sore

Hepatitis C

Blood test

Hepatitis B

Blood test

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Visual examination of warts or a Pap test to detect abnormal cells in the cervix

Trichomonas vaginalis

Physical examination and vaginal swab

Results:

  • Most test results for sexually transmitted infections come back in two weeks.
  • Pap test results usually take four to six weeks.
  • If you test positive for any infection, a nurse at the clinic will contact you.
  • You may also receive a call if a test needs to be repeated.
  • Your privacy will be maintained at all times.
  • Treatment for certain infections is provided at no cost. Counselling and referrals to other community resources can be arranged.
  • All results except HIV can be given over the phone.

Birth Control:

You will need to see the nurse, nurse practitioner and/or doctor at the Sexual Health Clinic to receive a prescription for birth control. Once you have received a prescription, you can purchase your birth control at the Sexual Health Clinic at a reduced cost or fill your prescription at the pharmacy. We accept cash or debit card as methods of payment.

Pregnancy Testing

You can have a urine pregnancy test if your period is late by two or more weeks. If your test is positive the nurse will counsel you regarding your pregnancy options.

More Information:

If you get home and realize you have forgotten to ask something you can: