Sexual Health Clinics

Heat Warning
July 27, 2015 - 11:33am

The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton has called a Heat Warning effective beginning Monday July 27, 2015. A Stage 2 Heat Warning is issued when hot weather conditions are expected to last for 2 days. For more information visit www.hamilton.ca/heat.

HAMILTON, ON – July 27, 2015 - The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton has called a Heat Warning effective Monday July 27, 2015. A Stage 2 Heat Warning is issued when hot weather conditions are expected to last for 2 days.

Weather: A hot air mass is expected to move into southern Ontario today. Daytime highs in the low thirties are expected today with warm overnight minimum temperatures near 20 degrees. The hot weather conditions will likely continue into Thursday

Response: The City of Hamilton and participating community agencies are responding to the heat by offering “cool places” to go at all 3 stages. They can be identified by a “Cool Down Here” sign at their entrances, along with a heat meter sign, which indicates which stage we are at.

During a Stage 2 Heat Warning, regularly scheduled public, family, adult and senior swims are free of charge at City of Hamilton indoor and outdoor pools. When a Stage 2 Heat Warning is in effect on a Saturday or Sunday, free 6 to 8 pm swim times are also added at six city pools. Visit www.hamilton.ca/heat and check under ‘Stage 2 Heat Warning’ for a list of pools.

Risk of heat-related illness can be reduced by following these recommendations:

  • Drink plenty of water.  Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages on hot days.
  • Go to an air-conditioned place.  Visit a cool place such as a mall, public recreation centres, public libraries, and other City run air-conditioned facilities, etc.
  • Dress to protect from the heat.  Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing.  Wear a hat or take an umbrella to keep your head cool and don’t forget sunscreen.
  • Take it easy.  Limit physical activities (walking, running, gardening, etc.) during the day.  If rescheduling activities to dawn or dusk when it may be cooler, protect yourself with insect repellent as mosquitoes are more active at such times.  Check labels to apply.
  • Cool off.  Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Keep your living space cool.  Close your blinds or curtains.  Open windows to let air circulate when using a fan.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.  Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes.
  • Check on your neighbours and family.

Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin; weak pulse, fainting and vomiting.  If experiencing symptoms, seek help right away – call 911 if needed.  For more information on how heat affects human health, see Health Canada’s website.

For tips on coping with the heat and places where to cool off, the public can contact 905-546-2489 Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or go to www.hamilton.ca/heat.  Heat information online is available in several accessible formats and in 13 languages.

Sexual Health Clinics provide many services including testing for sexually transmitted infections and birth control. Testing for sexually transmitted infections is available for males and females of any age. Birth control is available based on medical eligibility.

Sexual Health Clinics hours and locations

Hours and locations of Sexual Health Clinics are below. 

Clinic Address and phone number Hours
Dundas Clinic *

2 King Street West, 2nd Floor
Dundas, Ontario

 

905-628-3000
We answer calls during clinic hours

Tuesday 11:30 am to 4 pm

East End (Stoney Creek) Clinic

247 Centennial Parkway North, Unit 8
Stoney Creek, Ontario

at Barton Street, behind Wendy's

905-546-3750
We answer calls during clinic hours
Monday 12:30 to 4 pm
Thursday 3 to 6 pm

Downtown Clinic

(formerly STD Clinic at Hamilton General Hospital)

100 Main Street West, 3rd Floor
Hamilton, Ontario

in the David Braley Health Science Centre

Sexual Health Information Line
905-528-5894
 

Wednesday 4:30 to 7 pm

 

Mountain Clinic

891 Upper James Street, Unit 106A
Hamilton, Ontario

905-546-3274

We answer calls during clinic hours

Monday 3 to 6 pm
Wednesday 12:30 to 4 pm

 

Waterdown Clinic **

315 Dundas Street East, 2nd Floor
Waterdown, Ontario

between Main Street and Mill Street by the Theatre

Sexual Health Information Line
905-528-5894
 

Wednesday 3 to 6 pm

* A doctor or nurse practitioner will be at the Dundas Clinic between 2 and 4 pm on clinic days

** There is no doctor or nurse practitioner at the Waterdown Clinic. Sexually transmitted infection physical exams are scheduled at the Dundas Clinic instead. We give taxi fare to clients who do not have transportation to the Dundas Clinic.

How to access the Sexual Health Clinics

You do not need an appointment to come to the Sexual Health Clinics; just show up at one of the clinics when they are open.

  • You do not need a health card.
  • You must be at the clinic at least 15 minutes before the clinic closes to see a doctor or nurse that day.
  • Wait times vary and you may not be seen in the order that you arrive at the clinic.

Doctors, nurse practitioners and public health nurses provide confidential sexual health services. Services include:

  • Sexual health, safer sex practices, abstinence and birth control information.
  • Low-cost birth control based on medical eligibility. Birth control available at the clinics includes the pill, patch (Evra), ring (Nuva Ring) and contraceptive injection (Depo provera). 
  • Free Emergency Contraceptive Pill, also called ECP, Plan B or the Morning After Pill. You can take ECP up to five days after unprotected sex.
  • Free urine pregnancy testing.
  • Free testing for sexually transmitted infections or STIs. Testing involves collecting urine, blood and/or swabs. Do not urinate for two hours before you come to the clinic if you want STI testing. We cannot give test results over the phone; you must return to the clinic in two weeks for results. 
  • Free treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV (genital warts) and syphilis. If you have symptoms of an STI or you know your partner has an STI, you may be treated before test results are confirmed. Treatment for HPV (genital warts) is not available at the Waterdown Clinic.
  • Anonymous and nominal HIV testing. You can choose to use your name (nominal) for an HIV test or you can get a code number and have anonymous testing. You can either have an HIV blood test where you return to the clinic to get your results in two weeks or Rapid HIV testing, based on eligibility criteria.  We cannot give test results over the phone.  
  • Rapid HIV testing, also known as Point of Care. We take a finger prick blood sample and the results are ready in a few minutes.  You must meet certain eligibility criteria to have this test. Testing is not available at the Waterdown Clinic.
  • Free condoms.
  • Free hepatitis A and B vaccines, based on eligibility criteria.
  • Free needle syringe and harm reduction supplies such as alcohol swabs, sterile water, ascorbic acid, filters, cookers, sharps containers for safe disposal of used needles and safe injecting information. Supplies are not available to diabetic clients.