If you are sexually active and live in Hamilton, Ontario, or the surrounding area and are looking for information on sexual health, there is a website that provides this information at hamilton.ca. Click Public Health and Social Services, and in the A-Z list click S for Sexual Health.
The website states it offers information on:
- STD (sexually transmitted disease) Clinic
- Anonymous HIV testing
- Sexual Health Clinics
- Street Health Clinic
- The Van Needle Exchange Program
- Sexual Health Information Line
- Free Condoms in Hamilton If you click on the free condoms post you will find instructions on how to use either a male condom or a female condom, plus the locations where you can receive free condoms.
The website offers more Information including:
- Age of Consent in Canada
- Questions & Answers
- Statistics in Hamilton
- Fact sheets for Sexually Transmitted Disease
- Links and other websites
- Mandatory Blood Testing Act 2006
- Being Sexually Exploited Find out what sexual exploitation is, and learn Online Safety Tips.
Sexual Health Information Line for Hamilton: 905-528-5894 (confidential, no call display)
A few years ago, while waiting in line at the doctor’s office reception to check in for my appointment, a girl of high-school age was waiting ahead of me and when it was her turn she leaned right in and whispered something to the receptionist, who promptly looked up and with a loud voice announced, “OH NO! YOU NEED A WALK-IN CLINIC. IF YOU ARE NOT A PATIENT HERE THE DOCTOR CAN’T SEE YOU!” with which the young lady turned on her heels and ran toward the exit.
I felt my heart sink. There was obviously something very important the young girl needed help with, but didn’t know where to go. I’m not saying it was her sexual health, but from her embarrassment when the receptionist decided to announce to the whole world that there was no room for her at the inn, it was pretty clear, to my mind anyway, that this young woman, who wasn’t with a parent, was looking for help for a very private matter. I think about her often, and wonder if she got the help she seemed so desperately to need.
So, if you are looking for a doctor in the Hamilton, Ontario area call the Hamilton Academy of Medicine at 905-528-1611 or go to hamiltondoctors.ca to find out which doctors in your area are accepting new patients. You will need to call the doctor’s office to set up an appointment before you go, and remember to take your health card.
Or you can call the Health Care Connect Program at 1-800-445-1822 or go to health.gov.on.ca. There you will find help connecting to a doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting patients in your community.
If you are a minor male or female and are being sexually abused, call the Hamilton, Ontario police at 911; and the Children’s Aid Society at 905-522-1121, or after hours emergency at 905-522-8053 or the Catholic Children’s Aid Society at 905-525-2012, or after hours emergency at 905-522-5606.
If you are a male or female and in a sexually abusive relationship and need help getting out, call the Hamilton, Ontario police at 911. For females, also call SACHA sexual assault center at 905-525-4162, http://www.sacha.ca. If you are a male or female victim of rape, incest, or human trafficking, call Hamilton, Ontario police at 911.
If you are a minor who is being sexually abused and cannot speak to your caregivers about it, call the Hamilton, Ontario police at 911 and the Kids Help Line at 1-800-668-6868. The website is KidsHelpPhone.ca. Keep telling people until someone listens.
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- Does Condom Use Affect Sexual Pleasure? (nlm.nih.gov)
- New York City marks 5 years of handing out free condoms (rawstory.com)
- Sir Richard’s of Boulder to distribute 1 million condoms to Haiti (denverpost.com)
- Chlamydia and Vaginal Health: Preventing STD Infection (womenshealth.answers.com)
- Health Risks vs. Benefits of Unprotected Oral Sex (aids.answers.com)