Parents, teens and decisions to have sex or not to have sex

public health unitDo you have a teen or young adult that is dealing with a decision to be sexually active or not? Do they have the assertiveness skills it takes to refuse or delay sex? Do they know what protection they need to protect against pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections (STI’s)? Do they know about STIs? Do they know how to protect themselves in situations that may involve sex when experimenting with alcohol? Do they know about birth control options, including the morning after pill? Do they have a drug plan or know where to get low cost birth control? Do they know where to get condoms and how to use them?

If you, your teen or young adult have questions or needs free and confidential services that is why we have Sexual Health Clinics.

What happens at Sexual Health Clinics?

Sexual Health Clinics, at the Chatham-Kent Public Health Clinic Services, are mandated by the Ministry of Health to prevent teen pregnancy and reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections. The Sexual Health Program meets this mandate by providing clinic services, counselling in secondary schools, classes and presentations to targeted groups, and promotes healthy sexuality throughout the community.

They provide birth control services, for youth or those without health care practitioners, as well as education, pregnancy testing and options counselling and referral.

Sexually transmitted infection testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, HIV, herpes, syphilis and hepatitis is offered to all age groups. No health card is not necessary. Condom samples are available free of charge.

The main office is located at 177 King St. E. in Chatham at the Wish Centre but there are also outreach clinics in Blenheim, Ridgetown, Tilbury and Wallaceburg.

If you would like to speak to a registered nurse or to make an appointment at a location, call 519-355-1071 ext. 5901.