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  • 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) involves the use of a daily oral HIV medication (called antiretrovirals or HAART) by people who are HIV-negative to prevent HIV infection.

  • 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. It has many causes, but sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are the most common. Although proctitis is more common if you are having sex, it is possible to get it even if you have never had sex. Proctitis can often be cured with antibiotics.

  • Pubic hair

    Pubic hair grows on and around the genital area of teens and adults, including over the pubic bone, the labia, the base of the penis, the scrotum and the upper inner thighs.

  • Pubic lice or crabs

    Pubic lice (often called "crabs") are parasites 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 can be treated with a special shampoo.

  • Relationships

    People form romantic and sexual connections in many different ways. The world is diverse in terms of types of sexual relationships.

  • Reportable STI

    In BC, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV are examples of reportable infections. When lab tests for these sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are positive, these results are reported to the local medical health officer to help prevent the spread of communicable infections. This information is stored securely to keep it confidential.

  • Safer sex

    Safer sex can play an important role in taking care of your sexual health. Not only does safer sex involve preventing sexually transmitted infections (STI) and unwanted pregnancy, it also includes your physical and emotional well-being. Here are some ways that you can make sex safer.

  • Scabies

    Scabies is a skin infection caused by the parasite Sarcoptes scabiei. Scabies usually occurs on the hands, armpits, wrists, nipples, waist, abdomen, genitals, and thighs. Scabies can be treated with lotions or creams.

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