Links to Sexual Health Organizations

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

HEALTH CANADA – SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), can affect the general health, well-being and reproductive capacity of those infected. Participation in sexual risk behaviours can increase your chances of acquiring an STI.

Learn more at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/dc-ma/sti-its-eng.php

SIECCAN

The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) is a national organization founded in 1964 to foster professional education and public knowledge about sexuality and sexual health.

Learn more at http://www.sieccan.org

SEXUALITY AND U (SOGC)

Learn more: http://www.sexualityandu.ca

Alberta

CALGARY SEXUAL HEALTH

The Calgary Sexual Health Centre is a community-based organization that provides access to non-judgmental sexual and reproductive health services and supports across the lifespan.
We believe that healthy sexuality is more than the absence of disease or unintended pregnancies; it also encompasses the positive aspects of relationships and sexuality. Our programs and services for families, youth, adults and seniors reflect our awareness of the holistic nature of sexual health and its impact across the life span.
Our vision is, creating a society where sexuality, in all its dimensions, is considered a normal and healthy expression of life and everyone has the right and the ability to make informed choices to achieve sexual well-being.

To support that vision, our staff utilize counseling, education and outreach services to provide accurate, comprehensive and non-judgmental information, support, resources, and referrals. We promote sexuality as a normal, positive and healthy part of life to be valued and respected.

Learn more at http://www.cbca.ab.ca/

British Columbia

OPTIONS FOR SEXUAL HEALTH BC

Options for Sexual Health is a BC-based not-for-profit organization envisioning a society celebrating healthy sexuality, its diversity of expression, and a positive sexual self-image for individuals throughout life. We guarantee that we “won’t get weird” when people visit our clinics or call our 1-800 SEX SENSE info line with their questions about sex and sexual health.

Learn more at http://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/

ISLAND SEXUAL HEALTH SOCIETY

Island Sexual Health Society is a non-profit organization that delivers confidential sexual health services to South Vancouver Island. Through the provision of clinical care and education, we empower individuals to make choices that enhance their sexual wellbeing, provide products that support sexual health, and celebrate diversity of sexual expression. At Island Sexual Health Society, we offer sexual health clinics and sex education programs for all genders, orientations, identities, and ages in Greater Victoria, BC.

Learn more at http://www.islandsexualhealth.org

Manitoba

SEXUALITY EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE – MANITOBA (SERC)

SERC is a community-based, non-profit, pro-choice organization. Their mission is to promote sexual health through education and their vision involves a diverse society that celebrates sexuality throughout life. SERC receives financial support from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the United Way of Winnipeg and Brandon. By addressing sexuality and reproductive health issues through education, community action, research and public policy, SERC promotes a strong foundation for a healthy community.

Learn more at http://www.serc.mb.ca/SERC/GE/WA

NINE CIRCLES COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE

Nine Circles Community Health Centre is a community based, non-profit centre specializing in HIV prevention, treatment and care. Nine Circles also provides extensive health promotion, education and training services, including a two day sexual health assessment & capacity building training. The organization’s main goals are to reduce the rate of infection for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV; improve the quality of life for those living with and affected by HIV & AIDS and reduce stigma and discrimination associated with sexual health.

Learn more at http://www.ninecircles.ca/

Newfoundland & Labrador

PLANNED PARENTHOOD – NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR (PPNL)

Planned Parenthood – NL Sexual Health Centre is the only organization in Newfoundland and Labrador dedicated to the sexual health of the people of this province. Our mission is to promote positive sexual health through education, community partnerships, information and services within an environment that supports and respects individual choice. Our goals are: To provide knowledge, resources and skills needed to make informed sexual health choices. To promote positive sexual health attitudes and practices. To encourage a pro-active approach to sexual health education and practices. To provide sexual health services and education in cooperation with community partners.

Learn more at http://nlsexualhealthcentre.org/

Northwest Territories

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

The mission of Department of Health and Social Services is to promote, protect and provide for the health and well-being of the people of the Northwest Territories (NWT). The rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the NWT is significantly higher than the rest of Canada. To provide education and information to high risk groups such as youth, the website www.respectyourself.com has been designed. It provides a forum for youth to learn and exchange candid information about sexual health in a confidential setting.

Learn more at http://www.respectyourself.ca/

Nova Scotia

SEXUAL HEALTH CENTRE, LUNENBURG COUNTY, NOVA SCOTIA

The mission of the SHCLC is to promote sexual and reproductive health throughout the lifespan by providing information, education and services, and encouraging informed, responsible attitudes toward sexuality. We are a pro-choice, youth-positive organization, respectful of age, gender, sexual orientation and diversity.

Our website also features information pamphlets designed for use by youth, linked under Info> Information for Teens.

Learn more at http://www.theshac.org

Nunavut

NUNAVUT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

The Government of Nunavut Department of Health and Social Services irespectmyself.ca website is part of a social marketing campaign aimed at youth to raise their awareness of sexual health and to lower the incidence of sexually transmitted infections in Nunavut. The campaign and website is centered on the theme of choosing to respect oneself, and recognizes that sexual health goes beyond physical health and includes mental and emotional well-being.

Learn more at http://www.irespectmyself.ca/

Ontario

AIDS AND SEXUAL HEALTH INFOLINE

The AIDS and Sexual Health Info Line provides Ontario wide, free anonymous counselling on HIV/AIDS, STIs, testing information, birth control options, safer sex, sexual orientation and gender issues, harm reduction in drug use and referrals to clinics and community agencies. Multilingual counsellors also available, call to find out. Wanna talk? Call us at 1-800-668-2437/416-392-2437.

Learn more at http://www.toronto.ca/health/ai_index.htm

RAINBOW HEALTH NETWORK

Learn more at http://www.rainbowhealthnetwork.ca/

TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH

Toronto Public Health promotes and celebrates healthy sexuality. The website offers information on many aspects of sexuality and sexual health such as birth control, safer sex, STIs, relationships and more.

Learn more at http://www.toronto.ca/health/sexualhealth/

Prince Edward Island

AIDS PEI

AIDS-PEI is a non-profit, charitable organization, which is dedicated to the prevention of HIV & AIDS and all other blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections(STIs), throughout the province of Prince Edward Island. We focus on teaching methods of preventing STIs and offer free condom distribution. AIDS-PEI also provides direct health maintenance support to individuals who are suffering from HIV & AIDS.

Learn more at http://www.aidspei.com/

Quebec

TEL-JEUNES

Bullying, school dropout, breakups, puberty, sexuality, drugs, depression, rejection … It’s important to be listened to and supported without being judged! Young people know that Tel-jeunes’ professional counsellors are available at all times and everywhere in Quebec on the telephone (1 800 263-2266) or online at teljeunes.com, to help them and to seek with them possible solutions to their problems. It’s free and confidential!

Learn more at http://en.teljeunes.com/home

Yukon

YUKON DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

Bettertoknow.yk.ca is a website sponsored by the Yukon Department of Health and Social Services. Updated by a subcommittee of communications and health promotion experts, this pan-territorial initiative gives Northern youth access to the most current sexual health information.

Learn more at http://bettertoknow.yk.ca/