Sexual Health is for Everyone – Sexual Health Week

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This week is Sexual Health Week (February 12- 16), an opportunity to raise awareness of key issues in sexual health, education and health care and highlight important sexual health resources and services available to Manitobans.

Sexual Health, similar to our physical and mental health, is another component to our overall wellness. It encompasses more than reproductive health and infections, it also includes body image, consent, relationships, pleasure, and identity. By raising awareness and supporting education, Manitobans can make informed choices and feel empowered throughout their sexual wellness journeys.

To support learning this week, please explore the resources listed below.

  • Regional Health Authority Public Health Teams in Manitoba provide sex positive public health care. Their local offices provide safer sex supplies, like condoms. And can help you find STBBI testing in your community. A list of public health office locations can be found on the Manitoba Health, Seniors and Long-Term Care website.
  • Healthy sexuality for Manitobans also involves paying attention to sexually transmitted infections. Manitoba public health officials recommend getting tested for sexually transmitted and blood borne infections as part of your routine medical care with your primary health care provider, and more frequently if you are at higher risk of exposure to these infections. People with new, multiple or anonymous sexual partners should get tested every 3 to 6 months. Pregnant people should get tested at least three times during pregnancy.
  • HIV self-tests are also available across Manitoba through a number of community organizations and health care facilities.
  • To find STBBI testing in your community, you may call your local public health office.

Drop-in or appointment based STI testing can be accessed at:

  • Klinic Community Health– 167 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg
    • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4:00-7:30 pm
    • Fridays 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
    • Saturdays 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
    • Teen clinic Mondays from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    • Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg –Unit 215 – 181 Higgins Ave
      • Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Youville Centre – STI testing via walk-in clinic – 6-845 Dakota Street, Winnipeg
      • Monday and Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
      • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
      • Teen clinic Tuesdays from 4:00 to 7:00
    • Most walk-in clinics in Manitoba can offer STBBI testing
    • There are Teen Clinics in all regions of the province
  • Consent is essential when having conversations about sexual health. Consent means that you understand and agree with everything that is happening during sexual activity. Consent is demonstrating the understanding that each person will make the decisions that are right for them and their body. Learn more about consent.
  • We also know that sexuality is not “one size fits all.” Sexuality can also be on a spectrum as represented by the + in the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community. Sexuality is different for every individual and is unique to them. Organizations like the Rainbow Resource Centre offer excellent programming, resources and advocacy for the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community in addition to education for all.
  • While we’ve made significant strides in promoting a sex positive approach, we also understand that in some cultures there may be challenges around sexuality including stigma. The Sexuality Health Resource Centre Manitoba (SERC) offers important programming for newcomers such as the Our Families Can Talk About Anything program. Knowledge of our bodies is also a key aspect of sexual health. This can help us to better understand our own sexuality, consent, and how we can take care of ourselves. SERC and Teen Talk created a helpful educational video on bodies in relation to sexual health.
  • SERC is a fantastic resource for Manitobans. Their website contains a wealth of information on sexual health to meet Manitobans where they’re at. They also provide workshops, professional development opportunities, safer sex resources and much more.

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