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Youth Friendly Care

Young people have rights. Youth-friendly care means understanding that youth are a diverse group with different needs and desires. The care they receive needs to be adapted to their unique experiences. HPEPH is committed to providing youth friendly care.

Sexual Health During the Pandemic

The importance of your sexual health is not in lockdown. Even though you might feel isolated during the pandemic, supports and resources remain available to help you. You don’t need to worry alone. Confidential, respectful and caring support continues to be available. The following resources continue to be available to provide you with youth centered care.

Public Health Nurses

Our public health nurses remain available to providing caring, confidential, and non-judgemental support:

If you would like to have a confidential conversation with a Public Health Nurse, call 613-966-5500 x 418 or 1-800-267-2803 x 418 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm).

For more information, visit our Birth Control & Pregnancy Counselling Page, or our Sexually Transmitted Infections Page.

Telephone/chat support

SexualHealthOntario offers information and support on sexually transmitted infections, birth control and more. For answers to your sexual health questions, information and assistance, chat with a sexual health expert or to speak to a counsellor, you may also call their Sexual Health Infoline Ontario (SHILO) toll-free: 1-800-668-2437

If you feel you are in a state of crisis, call the 24/7 Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600.

Need More Information About Youth Friendly Care?

  • www.sexandu.ca is a trusted source for sexual health information. Topics range from sexually transmitted infections, HIV, LGBTTQ+, Birth control, pregnancy and consent.

  • Young people have rights. Youth-friendly care means understanding that youth are a diverse group with different needs and desires. The care they receive needs to be adapted to their unique experience. Youth-friendly care, it’s your right! Learn more: www.actioncanadashr.org/srhweek

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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is in Green-Prevent level of the provincial reopening Framework since February 10, 2021.

For details regarding restrictions and precautions applicable to the Green-Prevent level of the province’s reopening Framework, please visit Ontario.ca.

In addition to restrictions outlined by the province, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH, has implemented a Class 22 Order, which includes additional precautions in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

HPEPH will continue to update hpePublicHealth.ca to include information for local businesses and residents. Local business owners/operators who are unable to find answers to their questions on our web page are invited to complete our online inquiry form.

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.