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  • Sex toys

    Sex toys or sex aids are used to help with pleasure during sex. They come in all shapes and sizes and some vibrate. You can use them when you are alone, or with partners. Some examples of sex toys include vibrators, dildos, cock rings, anal beads, harnesses, and feathers.

  • Sex work

    Sex workers and their clients often tell us that it is hard for them to talk openly to health care providers about the details of their sex lives. When this happens, people may not get the best sexual health care.

  • Sexual assault

    Sexual Assault is any kind of sexual act that you do not consent to. This can include everything from unwanted kissing, to groping, to forced oral, vaginal/ internal genital or anal penetration. It may include physical violence or not. Sometimes manipulation or threats are used to convince a person to have sex against their will.

  • Sexual orientation

    Sexual orientation is a term used to describe a person’s pattern of attraction based on gender. Sexual orientation may include attraction to the same gender, a gender different than your own, both or neither. Sexual orientation may be emotional, erotic, romantic, and/or sexual.

  • Shigellosis

    Shigellosis is an infection caused by the bacteria Shigella. The bacteria are found in the stool and are easily passed between people when tiny bits of infected stool get in the mouth.

  • STI testing checklist

    Know exactly what you are getting tested for. It helps to have a checklist to review with your health care provider to determine which tests you need.

  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. Syphilis infection occurs in stages: primary, secondary, early latent and late latent. Each stage has different symptoms associated with it.

  • Talk with a health care provider

    As part of taking care of your health, you may want to talk with a health care provider about sex. Health care providers include nurses, nurse practitioners, family doctors, specialists, counsellors, and sex therapists.

  • Talking to kids about sex

    For parents, the conversations about sexuality that you have with your children are some of the most important conversations that will happen during their lifetime. Adults often worry about talking about sexuality with children and, although they recognize the value in the conversations, it can be difficult to approach the topics of sexuality.

  • Transgender resources

    Sexual health is important for everyone, no matter what your age, gender, or sexual orientation. If you identify as transgender, there are some information you may be interested in.