Sexual Health Clinical Services

The Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit has been offering Sexual Health clinical services in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board secondary schools for over a decade.  Presently sexual health clinical services are provided at:

  • Bayside Secondary School (Wednesday mornings)
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School (1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesday mornings)
  • Moira Secondary School (Thursday mornings)
  • Prince Edward Collegiate Institution (Wednesday mornings)
  • Trenton High School (Friday mornings)

These students have a choice whether they attend their school clinic or a Sexual Health Clinic held at a Health Unit office.  The goal of providing services at school is to decrease the amount of time students are out of class.

 

Teachers are in a unique situation of seeing and hearing many of the social interactions between their students.  Some students may disclose to a teacher a sexual health concern.  We feel it is important that you, as a teacher, are aware of the Sexual Health services provided.  A caring word from a teacher indicating that they are concerned may be all the student needs to seek help.

The following services are available:

  • Birth control methods at a lower cost, when a student brings in a prescription from their Doctor or Nurse Practitioner.  A wide variety of birth control methods are available.
  • Access to a Clinic Physician or Nurse Practitioner, for students who do not feel comfortable accessing their Health Care Provider.  Some students do not have a Health Care Provider or cannot travel to their office.  The Clinic Practitioner provides contraceptive prescriptions and sexually transmitted infection assessments.
  • Access to our Clinic Doctor for an intrauterine device (IUD) or system (IUS) prescription and insertion.  This is an option for an older teenager, or a teenager who has given birth.
  • Free condoms
  • Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) called Plan B is available at a lower cost compared to the drug store price.  Plan B must be taken as soon as possible after sex to prevent a pregnancy.  If it has been more than 5 days, it is too late to take Plan B.
  • Free pregnancy testing is available.  If a student finds out they are pregnant, we will talk with them about what pregnancy choices they have.  If a student is not pregnant, we will talk to them about birth control use.  Referrals will also be made with the student’s consent.
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) information and testing is available.  Most of the STI testing can be completed at a school clinic.  For some STI infections, free medication is also available for treatment.
  • Support is provided to any youth who identifies themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual or just questioning who they are.

 

Providing clinical services in the school environment allows the Sexual Health Clinic Nurse to reach out and remind and support the student.  Otherwise, in the Health Unit office setting, we have to wait and hope that the students come to us.  As you know all too well, students sometimes forget.