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Questions and Answers -  Sexual Health Program

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's) and HIV/AIDS 

What are the symptoms of STIs?

What are the symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

What activities put me at risk for STIs?

Should I have an HIV test during my pregnancy?

Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

How do I decide if I want to be abstinent?

Where can I get free condoms?

Is there any way to prevent cancer of the cervix?

  • Information on Gardasil from Merck
    Gardasil is a vaccine that helps protect against cervical cancer caused by some types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Recipients require three injections given over 6 months, each one costing $135.00.

Viral STD's-STI's - including herpes, HIV, Hep B, and HPV or genital warts

Birth Control and Sexual Health

I need to know more about birth control.

  • Sexuality and U - Contraception
    Information from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada about birth control (contraception) and 'Cool Tips' for talking to your parents or doctor.

Should I have a Pap test?

Where can I go for more information on birth control?

I've had unprotected sex. How does the Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) work?

Where can I get ECP?

  • You can get ECP at your family doctor, behind the counter at a pharmacy (no prescription required), walk in clinic or free at a public health clinic.ECP may be free at some local walk-in clinics (please call walk-in clinic before attending to be sure ECP available for free). Note: ECP may be given up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

Looking for a doctor in Hamilton?

  •  Hamilton Academy of Medicine 905 528-1611  or  
  • If you don't have a provider you can register for the Health Care Connect program at 1 800 445-1822 or This program refers people without a family health care provider to physicians and nurse practioners who are acceptign new patients in their community

Contact Information

For general questions about sexual health, STI's and HIV/AIDS:

Sexual Health Information Line:
905-528-5894 (confidential, no call display)

To request a presentation for your organization or community group call 905 528-5894 to speak with one of our Public Health Nurses.


Last updated: November 20,  2012