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  • Pap screening

    The Pap test is an important screening test that looks for changes in the cells of the cervix that can lead to cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is serious, but it usually develops slowly. If found and treated early, the chance of curing cervical cancer is very high. Cervical cancer is usually caused by a few types of Human Papillomavrus (HPV). The HPV strains that cause bumpy genital warts that you can see do not cause cervical cancer.

  • Partner notification

    If you have an STI, it is important that your sexual partners get tested and treated. Anyone you have had vaginal, anal or oral sex with may have the same STI. They may unknowingly pass it on to another person, or it can develop into more serious health problems if left untreated.

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

    Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs, including the uterus (womb), fallopian tubes, and ovaries. It happens when bacteria travel up from the vagina into the reproductive organs. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are sexually transmitted bacterial infections that commonly cause PID. According to the Canadian PID Society, almost 100,000 Canadian women get PID each year.

  • Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

    Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a 4-week course of medications that you can take if you are HIV negative and think that you have been recently exposed to HIV. The medications are called antiretroviral drugs (or HAART), and are the same drugs used to treat HIV infection.

  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

    Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a promising new method for HIV prevention, but is currently not approved for use in BC. PrEP is for people who are HIV negative and involves taking medications on a regular basis to prevent becoming infected with HIV.

  • Pregnancy

    If you think you may be pregnant, the only way to really know is to get a pregnancy test. Many pregnancy tests will be accurate at the time your period is due. If a pregnancy test is done too early, it may not be accurate because the test cannot detect the change in hormones yet. The test may need to be repeated with an early morning urine sample or a few days later to be certain.

  • Proctitis

    Proctitis is an inflammation of the lining of the rectum. Proctitis has many causes, but sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are the most common. Treatment depends on the cause of proctitis.

  • Pubic lice or crabs

    Pubic lice (crabs) are tiny insects that live on body hair, usually in the genital area. Occasionally they are found on hair on the legs, armpits, mustache, beard, eyebrows, or eyelashes. Pubic lice will not go away without treatment. They are treated with a special shampoo that you can buy at a drugstore without a prescription.