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In the years since SmartSexResource launched, we have developed a library of questions asked by you, and answered by our expert sexual health nurses.

Our answered questions library cover a broad range of sexual health topics and common questions we hear at our clinics.

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HI, I’m not from Canada and I was wondering even though it says it’s free will I need to pay. I was also wondering if I can book an appointment within the next two weeks.

Hi

I am not sure what clinic you were thinking of going to, but the clinics that are listed in our clinic finder as free generally require no ID which means that it does not matter what your status is in Canada. You can even be a tourist or have no status and there would be no charge.

I would give the clinic a call to book the appointment and also ask them at the same time if it is free for everyone. I am not sure what the wait time for an appointment is as every clinic is different.

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Health Nurse

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Can I drop in for a random test. ? just for a piece of mind.

Hi

It really depends on what area you are in. Have a look at our clinic finder for clinics in your area, you can search by city and select what services you want. The clinics will say if you need to book an appointment or if you can just drop in.
Click here for the clinic finder.

The Bute street clinic is a drop in clinic in Vancouver’s west end.
Click here for address and clinic hours.

The Provincial STI clinic in Vancouver mainly does appointments but has a small number of drop in’s available.
Click here for address and clinic hours.

The Health Initiative for Men (HIM) Health Centres have appointments and drop in’s. They are in Vancouver, Surrey, New west and Abbotsford.
Click here for list of clinics and hours.

You can also go to any drop in medical clinic for STI testing. Just ask for what STI tests you would like. If you are unsure of which one’s you need you can always have a look at our STI testing checklist for a list you can review with the health professional you see.
Click here to go to the STI testing checklist.

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Health Nurse

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If I rubbed my pen*s with another male and ejaculated, will I get an infection at all? I very nervous if that bad sex…

Hi there,

Thanks for your question.

The activity you have described sounds very low risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Take a look at this great chart that outlines the chance of infection with other kinds of sex like genital to genital contact (not oral, vaginal or anal sex). It includes the difference between sharing of body fluids and no sharing of body fluids:

http://smartsexresource.com/sites/default/files/Other-Sex-Table-v3.png

There is always a small chance of passing STIs such as HPV (human papilloma virus), herpes and syphilis with genital to genital contact (or skin to skin contact). When body fluids are involved in genital to genital contact, there is also a very small chance of gonorrhea, chlamydia or HIV being passed. It really helps if the skin being exposed to body fluids is intact (there is no open skin like cuts or sores) as someone with non-intact skin (open cuts or sores) is more likely to become infected.
If you aren’t already having routine STI screening, I would encourage you to find the clinic nearest to you. Here is the clinic finder:

http://smartsexresource.com/get-tested/clinic-finder

It’s a good idea to get tested yearly, or more frequently based on your risks. Here are some other reasons to get tested:

http://smartsexresource.com/get-tested/when-to-test

I hope this helps.

Health Nurse
 

I am 15 and 3 days ago I had sex with my boyfriend and the condom fell off outside of my vagina. he noticed after 2-3 strokes and stopped before he finished, and I’m not sure how close he was to finishing. I’m kind of worried about the possibility of being pregnant with pre cum and all on Sunday I started spotting (today’s Monday) and I read that, that can happen in the early stages of pregnancy. how likely/how big is the chance that I’m pregnant and am I worrying too much? I also don’t track my period but it is irregular although I don’t know when I should be getting it next.

Hello, thanks for your question. It sounds like there is a possible risk of pregnancy and to prevent that you can take emergency contraception called Plan B. This is best taken as soon as possible and can be taken up to 5 days after the risk and still be effective at preventing a pregnancy. When this is taken you should get a bleed like a period within 21 days no matter when your period is expected. If there is no bleeding like that in three weeks, then a pregnancy test is recommended.
Plan B emergency contraception is available free at youth clinics.  For a listing of youth clinics near you see  http://www.vch.ca/your-health/youth/youth-clinics/  or you can call the the Sex Sense Line  1-800-SEX-SENSE (1-800-739-7367) throughout BC* or 604-731-7803 in the Lower Mainland.
Hope this helps.
Health Nurse

 

I’m 14 turning 15 and I have decided with my boyfriend I want to take birth control but I don’t have promissoon from my mom can I still get it for free?

Hello, thanks for your question. If you are over 14, you do not need your mothers permission to start on birth control. Because it is a prescribed medication that can have side effects, it is best to find out as much information as you can about birthcontrol. You can talk confidentially to a nurse at a youth clinic about this and if you wanted to, you could bring your boyfriend or a friend with you. At most youth clinics, birth control pills are free.
For a listing of youth clinics near you see  http://www.vch.ca/your-health/youth/youth-clinics/ 
For more information about birth control you can call the Sex Sense Line  1-800-SEX-SENSE (1-800-739-7367) throughout BC* or 604-731-7803 in the Lower Mainland. or you can look at their contraceptive information on www.optionsforsexualhealth.org
Hope this helps.
Health Nurse

What does the medical community suggest if a sick person can’t find a Dr because none are available in my community where we have recently moved to???? The medical service in FSJ is akin to a cattle farm…..line up and wait for the privelege to be poorly treated without dignity or respect for you and your health. Don’t move to FSJ if you need ongoing consistent medical treatment because you won’t get it. I have a couple conditions which left untreated will cause me to be painfully ill. Consider yourself lucky if all you have to concern yourself with is a STI. Sincerely-disgusted and sick in FSJ

Hi

Sorry to hear that you are having trouble finding a doctor in Fort St John (FSJ). I know in some BC communities there are shortages of health care providers, which can make it very frustrating for people trying to find medical care.

Have a look at the College of Physician and Surgeons of BC you can search for doctors that are taking new patients. Select the city you want and under practice type, select family physicians and accepting new patients. I see what you mean just saw two doctors accepting patients in FSJ.

There is also the Unattached Patient Clinic in FSJ that people can go to for medical care and STI testing.

People can also get STI testing at the:
Public Health Unit.

Options for sexual health clinic.

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Health Nurse

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if i go to sti clinic, do i have to choose what disease i want to get tested, how long do i have to stay in the clinic to take all the necessary tests, how long do i have to wait to get the result? thanks

Hi

It really depends on what clinic you go to as they can all be a bit different.

At our STI clinics in Vancouver we generally ask a few questions so that we have an idea of what tests we should offer. It is then up to the person to decide what tests they are comfortable getting.

People on average spend about 30 minutes with us and it takes about 1 week to get your results back.

Have a look at our “what to expect” page for more information on what happens at the clinic.

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Health Nurse

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Hi there,I was wondering, for the Point of Care locations, do you need to have an MSP card in order to partake in the rapid HIV testing? Also, could you tell me what POC locations offer rapid HIV testing?Thank you!

Some clinics that offer Point of Care HIV testing will require an MSP Card. If you choose “HIV Testing (point of care)” from the “offering this service” menu on our Find a clinic page, you can then click on the “Clinic details” button of any clinic listed to see if they require an MSP Card.

Point of Care and Rapid HIV Testing are two different names for the same test.

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Health Nurse

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Where can I accept aids treatment? Have to do with my family doctor or can go any specific place without family doctor involved?

Hi

In BC Canada there are a number of different places that offer HIV treatment.

There is also a number of different ways you can receive that treatment in BC. For example.

1. You can go see a HIV specialist without your family doctor even knowing you have HIV.
2. You could receive treatment from your family doctor who is working with a doctor who is specialized in HIV treatment.
3. You could see one doctor for your HIV care and then go see another doctor for other health concerns.

A good resource for treatment information and local doctor’s is the positive living society “peer navigator services”
 

You could also come and talk with one of the nurses at the Bute street clinic for more information.
 

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Health Nurse

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