At HPEPH, we work to help community members access sexual health services such as low cost birth control, and testing for infection and pregnancy.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is mandated by the Ontario Public Health Standards to provide access to lower cost birth control methods. We provide these services within our communities through our Sexual Health Clinics.
If women of any age require access to low cost birth control for financial reasons, they can bring their prescription for contraceptive prescription (pill, patch, ring) from their health care provider to our Sexual Health Clinic, and we can dispense the prescribed contraception at a reduced cost. Health care providers may also fax us a prescription to 613-968-1482. This service can assist women without access to a drug coverage plan.
Please note: Depo Provera prescriptions are an exception, and are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. If a woman needs access to reduced-cost Depo Provera, this may be possible, but we prefer that the woman return to her primary care provider’s office for her injections.
Our Sexual Health Clinic dispenses only name-brand contraceptives. A prescription that is written for a generic prescription will be filled with the name-brand equivalent, unless otherwise stated on the prescription. We do not routinely carry the extended brands of various contraception products.
Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is mandated by the Ontario Public Health Standards to provide Sexually transmitted (STI) testing, case management, and treatment of reportable STIs.
Free and confidential STI testing is available on a drop-in basis at our Sexual Health Clinics. Clients who are tested at our clinics will receive follow up from Public Health.
Case Management for STIs
Public Health receives positive lab reports for reportable STIs for anyone with a health card address linked to our region. This triggers an investigation that includes sending a surveillance form to the health care provider who ordered the test. Public Health will work together with outside care providers to provide treatment and case management to clients who test positive for a reportable STI (chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis). To submit information directly to Public Health, please complete the online surveillance form.
Medication for STIs
Medications for most Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are available at no cost through all Sexual Health Clinic locations. Please contact Public Health directly for more information about how clients can access free STI treatment. Antibiotics can also be ordered by health care providers so they can be provided free of charge to their own clients.
Resources for Health Care Providers
- Physician STI Surveillance Form (printable pdf)
- Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Treatment Reference Guide
- Syphilis Infection & Laboratory Interpretation Guide
- Vaccine / STI Order Form
- HPEPH “Condom Sense” Promotional Poster
- Health Canada Syphilis Fact Sheet
Other Related Links
- Public Health Ontario -Ontario Gonorrhea Testing and Treatment Guide, Second Edition, November 2018
- Public Health Ontario – Bacterial STI Testing: Quick Reference
- Public Health Ontario – Gonorrhea Treatment Quick Reference for Adolescents and Adults
- Canadian STI Guidelines
- Canadian STI Guidelines – Syphilis Management