Question – What can I expect when I come to the Sexual Health Clinic?
Answer – The Sexual Health Clinic offers free, confidential and non-judgemental care. Whether you visit our drop-in clinic or book an appointment, you will be greeted by our receptionist, who will ask you to fill in a form with your contact information and health history. Next a Public Health Nurse will bring you into an exam room and ask you some questions. Some of the questions may not be relevant to you, but know that everyone is asked the same questions and your honesty helps us provide you with the best service.
Question – Is this confidential? Does anyone have to know I’m here?
Answer – Our service is completely confidential. We need a client’s consent to talk with anyone else, parents and partners included! The only condition where we would break confidentiality is if a client is at risk of putting themselves or someone else at harm.
Question – I don’t have a drug plan and I need birth control pills but can’t afford the pharmacy.
Answer – We offer low-cost birth control to people living in Perth County. The cost is approximately 75% lower than pharmacy prices. If you have a prescription, you can bring it directly to our Festival Square office location or have your doctor fax it over. If you are in need of low-cost birth control and do not have access to a doctor for a prescription, please come to one of our drop–in clinics.
Question – I missed a pill – what do I do now?
Answer – If you’ve missed one or more pills, take one pill immediately, begin using back-up contraception and make sure you contact your health care provider right away. The advice you are given will depend on the number of pills you missed, which week you missed in your package, and whether you are currently or have currently had sex.
Question – Is birth control really safe?
Answer – All methods are safe and effective, however, each person we see is assessed individually to find the best method of birth control for them.
Question – Will birth control affect my chances of having a baby some day?
Answer – Birth control methods have been used by thousands of women, for many years, all over the world. Some people worry that using hormonal birth control, like the “pill”, will keep them from getting pregnant when they want to. There has never been any credible research to prove that this is true.
The greatest risk to a woman’s fertility is getting and not treating a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Question – What is the best birth control on the market?
Answer – Abstinence, or not having sex at any time, is the only sure way to prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted infections (STI). However, there are many safe and effective birth control methods on the market today. Each method has its pros and cons, and it is best to discuss these with your health care provider.
Question – What are the most common symptoms of sexually transmitted infections (STI)? What is the most common?
Answer – Sexually transmitted infections are very common and anyone who has unprotected sex can get a sexually transmitted infection. You can have a sexually transmitted infection with no symptoms – that’s why testing is so important! Testing is free, easy and confidential. Not all are curable, but all are treatable and can be managed.
Chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection. More than 70% of women and 50% of men with chlamydia do not show signs or symptoms of having the bacteria. Testing for chlamydia is a simple urine sample and if the test is positive, antibiotics can be provided.
Question – How do you test for herpes and genital warts?
Answer – There is no urine or blood test to diagnose herpes and genital warts. Both sexually transmitted infections (STI) can be found in men and women by examining the skin and genital area. If you think you may have herpes or genital warts, talk to your health care provider.
Question – Am I normal? (body, drives, sexual experiences, odours, discharge)
Sex Drive or Sexual Experiences: When it comes to sexuality and sex, there is no “normal” because everyone is different. You cannot compare your own sexual interests, experiences and drives to someone else’s, because everyone has a unique sexuality.
Body: The same goes for our bodies. Everyone’s body is unique to them. Penises, scrotums, vulvas hair come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours – just like our noses do!
Odors or Discharge: A certain amount of discharge is normal and every vagina and penis has an odour. If you are experiencing a discharge or odour that is different from your regular pattern, it would be recommended that you contact your health care provider.
More often than not, whatever you are experiencing is normal, so enjoy it!