Tsawout First Nation

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Sexual Health

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Sexual_Health.jpgSexual health is all about making decisions for you. There is no right or wrong answer to how old you should be to date, have sex or decide to become a parent. What is important is that you go into these decisions with your eyes open. Sex and relationships aren’t something that “just happen” to you but rather something that you do when YOU are ready.

 We have condoms available in the washrooms at the health centre. If you are curious about them and how to use them please ask the nurse. We can also put you in touch with the nurses at Island Sexual Health program. They run a clinic at the Peninsula Health Unit on Thursday evenings. They are able to offer other forms of birth control. Island Sexual Health can also test for Sexually Transmitted Infections.

 We do free pregnancy tests at the health centre. Please wait until your period is late before coming in for a pregnancy test as the tests are not accurate until your period is late. If you get a positive test it is important to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

There is a new vaccine on the market for girls in grade 9. It is called guardasil and it protects girls against HPV (genital warts). It is estimated that about 70% of women will have at least one HPV infection in their lives. Most of the time it is harmless and heals by it’s self. The HPV virus can lead to cervical cancer though and that is why the vaccine was introduced. If you need more information before deciding for or against this vaccine please come in and talk about it with the nurse.

 In the near future we hope to be offering pre and post HIV test counselling. The staff at the health centre will be able to direct you to the appropriate resources until the counselling is offered here.