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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Sexual Health

At HPEPH, we work to help community members access sexual health services such as low cost birth control, and testing for infection and pregnancy.

NEW – COVID-19 and Sexual Health

There is a lot to learn about COVID-19 and sexual health. Public Health recommendations may change as the situation evolves. Please reference the fact sheet developed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, which outlines key information about healthy sexuality during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Birth Control

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 it is expected that the woman will return to her primary care provider’s office for her injections.

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 Chlaymdia and Gonorrhea testing is available at HPEPH through self-serve kits. Clients may pick up these testing kits at any of our offices during regular business hours. Clients who get tested using these kits will receive follow-up from Public Health.

Case Management for STIs

Public Health receives positive lab reports for reportable STIs for anyone with an 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 health 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.

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Need More Information About Sexual Health?

For more information about any of our sexual health services, please call us at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 243.

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Province of Ontario has Declared a Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives.  Read more.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the provincial government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

Owner/operators of a businesses, workplaces and/or other community organizations who are unsure of how to adjust operations for COVID-19 are encouraged to visit sector specific guidance regarding provincial lockdown measures at or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. If you are unable to find an answer to your questions or need further guidance, please fill out this web form.

During the provincewide shutdown, no indoor social gatherings are permitted, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household. Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 5 individuals, and proper physical distancing must be maintained.

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.