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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.

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 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.

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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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Alerts:

1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. Phone lines remain open. Please access our media release for more information.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.