Sexual health is about so much more than preventing unwanted consequences.
Sexuality requires a positive and respectful approach to sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.Talk freely about consent: what you want and don’t want to participate in sexually.Think about the chance of pregnancy and what this means for you.
Safer Sex Is for everyone! Now or in the future, most people become sexually active sometime during their life. Be comfortable talking about sex with a trusted person.
Condoms are free at every high school in your area, there’s no excuse. Use protection to lower your risk of getting or sharing STIs. Get tested for STIs if you are sexually active. Get treated if you have an STI, don’t mess around, protect yourself.
Take the quiz to find out if you are in a healthy or unhealthy relationship!
Are there times when your boyfriend/girlfriend:
Q1: Hurts your feelings? (For example, calls you names, makes fun of you in front of family and friends, ignores you.)
Q2: Threatens or intimidates you or someone you care about?
Q3: Insists on making the decisions in your relationship?
Q4: Pushes or slaps you?
Q5: Gets jealous and stops you from doing activities or seeing friends?
Q6: Posts information or pictures of you online that you don’t want others to see?
Q7: Accesses your private email, Facebook or other accounts without your permission?
Q8: Pressures you to go further sexually than you want to?
Q9: Insists that you drink or use drugs when you are together?
Q10: Texts or calls you constantly to ask where you are?
Giving consent is agreeing to participate in sexual activity with another person. Consent also means you can change your “yes” or “no” at any time during the fun, and it should be all fun!
It is a person’s right to make this decision and it is against the law to violate this right.
Check out the cool video to really highlight what consent means:
What are STIs?
Click below to discover what may be lurking in the shadows if you don’t practice safer sex
Find out if you are at risk! Take the quiz. C’mon be brave!
Cut your risk! Use protection every time.Grab some free condoms at your high school. Talk with your partner about being safer and smart.
Always have condoms on you and know how to put on a condom and/or dental dam! Yes I know a what?! Watch and learn.
STBBI Testing Road Map
STI/STBBI (BBI means transmitted through blood). We call it STBBIs for short.
So what happens when you go for testing?
You can see your Nurse Practitioner (NP) right at your school or NP, Nurse or Doctor at your nearby clinic!
The NP/Nurse/or Doctor will answer all your questions about testing before you begin
Testing may include a urine sample, possible vaginal swab (if you have a vagina) for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and blood testing: one blood tube for Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Syphilis
Testing Is confidential so only you will receive the results
You do not need a parent’s/guardian’s permission to be tested
Who should get tested? Anyone who is sexually active, more often if you have unprotected sex or if you get tattoos, and share drug equipment like straws, bills, needles, crack pipes, etc.)
Samples will be sent to the lab and results usually take a week to come back
You may need another appointment if there is something to discuss/treat
Don’t forget to check that you’ve had your Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines!
Sexual Health Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Your school NP or Nurse, NP or Doctor at your local clinic can provide:
Counselling and teaching for all your sexual health needs
STBBI testing & treatment including blood tests for complete testing
Birth control prescriptions and limited free samples
Pregnancy options counselling & support
Physical exam and treatment (if needed)
Referrals to specialists and other healthcare providers(if needed)
The Uh-Oh pill!
Forgot the condom or the condom breaks?
It’s EC (Emergency Contraception, also known as plan B or the morning after pill) to the rescue! The sooner the better! You have up to five days after the episode but don’t wait! EC is NOT an abortion pill, that’s just a myth and it’s safe! Visit your Nurse Practitioner (NP) at school for free EC. A Nurse, NP, or Doctor at the local clinic may also give EC (you do not need a parent’s/guardian’s permission) or buy EC at your drug store (you do not need a prescription).
Emergency contraception should not be used as a regular form of birth control. Speak to the Sexual Health NP if using repeatedly.
The key is to find a birth control that works for you. It’s great if you can speak to your parent/guardian about this important decision (permission isn’t required), but if you can’t, your school NP, Nurse or Doctor at a local clinic will help you every step of the way.
Here are a few great choices:
NOTE: Unless you are told otherwise by a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner, a pap test is recommended at age 21 or 3 years after first sexual activity, whichever happens later (Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care January 2013). Please do not follow the advice on page 11 Myth #8 and page # 12 of the link found in the “More Info ” section