What is Sexual Health?
Sexual Health means:
- Respecting yourself and your body
- Respecting your partner and their choices
- Making healthy choices about your sexuality, for instance:
- Protecting yourself from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) by using a condom every time you have sex, limiting the number of sex partners you have, and having both you and your partner tested before having sex for the first time
- Protecting yourself from unplanned pregnancies by correctly using a reliable method of birth control
- Getting routine PAP tests as recommended by the Cancer Care Ontario Guidelines
- Getting vaccinated against diseases that can be spread through all forms of sex (i.e., Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Hepatitis B).
Our Health Unit provides services to help you achieve sexual health in a confidential, relaxed and non-judgmental atmosphere.
These services include:
- Birth control (bring a prescription and we’ll fill it at cost)
- Free condoms
- STI screening and treatment
- Physical exams and PAP smears for women under 25
- Pregnancy testing and counselling
- Emergency contraceptive pill
- HIV testing
- Hepatitis A and B immunization (if eligible)
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine
View our Sexual Health Clinic page for more information about our clinics and how to book an appointment.
The Ministry of Education requires that Ontario students be provided with growth and development education focusing on an understanding of sexuality.
This includes education on:
- Sexual development
- Reproductive health
- Interpersonal relationships
- Body image
- Gender roles
- Development of attitudes, beliefs, and values related to identity and relationships
Our School Health department helps educators carry out all sexual health components of their curriculum. We have developed many sexual health teacher resources to help with teaching sexual health education in classrooms.