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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Sexually Transmitted Infections/HIV

Did you know that COVID-19 can be spread through close contact? Check out our new page about COVID-19 and sex to learn how you can protect yourself and your partner.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that spread from one person to another through any type of sexual contact. Anyone can get a Sexually Transmitted Infection, and many people have a Sexual Transmitted Infection and don’t know it. Without treatment, Sexually Transmitted Infections can cause serious health problems – even infertility. You can also spread the infection to your sexual partners. The only way to find out whether you have a Sexually Transmitted Infection is to get tested. 

Contact your health care provider or visit a walk-in clinic to get tested for STIs. If you are experiencing symptoms, you must be seen by a health care provider for assessment.

If you have no symptoms and are unable to access testing through your health care provider or at a walk-in clinic, drop by any of the HPEPH offices to pick up a self-serve test gonorrhea/chlamydia test kit. Testing is simple and confidential. For additional information, call the HPEPH Sexual Health Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 418.

For more information about STIs, visit www.sexandu.ca.

Blood Borne Sexually Transmitted Infections/HIV

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. Currently, there is no effective cure for HIV, however, with proper medical care, HIV can be effectively controlled. Some groups of people are more likely to get HIV than others because of many factors, including their sex partners, their risk behaviours, and where they live.

Anyone can be infected with HIV, and people can have HIV without knowing it. They may not look or feel sick for years, but can still pass the virus on to other people.

Today, there are more options to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV. Consistently using condoms, taking medication to help decrease the chance of acquiring HIV and knowing your HIV status are all effective strategies to reduce risk.

Along with local health care providers, Public Health works to support HIV prevention by offering free condoms at all of our offices, and providing the opportunity for people to receive HIV testing and counselling at all of our sexual health clinics. HIV rapid tests are available at our Belleville sexual health clinics for eligible clients.

In addition to other prevention strategies, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective HIV prevention strategy that is now available and being used in Canada. Health Canada has approved the use of oral PrEP to help prevent the sexual transmission of HIV, in combination with safer sex practices. To find out if PrEP is right for you, talk with your health care provider or call the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Sexual Health Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 418.

Additional Resources

Upcoming Clinics and Classes RELATED TO : Sexual Health Clinic

Sep
01

Quinte West Sexual Health Clinic

September 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Public Health Quinte West Office

Sep
02

Belleville Sexual Health Clinic

September 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

Sep
03

Belleville Sexual Health Clinic

September 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

Sep
03

Picton Sexual Health Clinic

September 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Public Health Prince Edward County Office

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.