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SEX Health Guide

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Sex health guide

Summer with its major festivals and events is a time of year that leads to sexual encounters. The SEX Health Guide is aimed at men who have sex with men and provides information on measures to prevent sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.

Unprotected sex can lead to the spread of these diseases, including syphilis and HIV, while consuming alcohol and other psychoactive substances can reduce one’s awareness and vigilance.

Check out the SEX Health Guide to find preventative tools that are right for you.

Have a great summer!

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When to Consult

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Protection and prevention

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  • Do you have enough medication and are you remembering to take it regularly (HIV treatment or pre-exposure prophylaxis, PrEP)? These medications help prevent HIV transmission.

For more information about your options, contact the resources

  • Are you ready?

Be prepared, buy condoms and lubricant in a pharmacy or get them for free in many Village businesses or community-based groups.

A good way of taking care of yourself and avoiding unpleasant surprises is setting limits on your alcohol and drugs use, and your sexual practices.

Condoms offer very good protection against HIV and other STI.

To avoid diseases and parasites like gastroenteritis and shigella, wash your hands, genitals and anus with soap and water before and after sex.

  • Don’t feel well physically or mentally?

Take a break and rebuild your strength. You can also talk with someone to get help and support (see over for resources).

  • Think you had a sexual activity that puts you at risk for HIV?

See a doctor as soon as possible within 72 hours (clinic or emergency department) for an assessment and, if needed, a prescription for emergency treatment (post-exposure prophylaxis or PEP).

  • Do you have symptoms? Discharge, itching or burning sensation? Skin rash? Fever?

Avoid having sex and see a health professional quickly.

If you’ve been diagnosed with an STI, quickly notify all your partners to break the chain of transmission.

Make plans now to get tested soon.


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Risk factors

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Help and Resources

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People at Risk

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Dernière mise à jour le : 2019.08.09