Did you ever wonder if the person you had sex with has a STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection)?
80 to 90% of infected people DO NOT have symptoms of the infection! Yes, you read right: a person who has a STI may not have ANY visible signs or symptoms, especially in the early stages of the infection. An untreated STI can lead to complications such as abdominal pain, genital pain during sexual intercourse, and infertility.
STI include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV (condylomas), genital herpes, hepatitis A and B, and HIV and AIDS.
Some of those can be treated easily with one dose of antibiotics, preventing further complications from occurring. Some can also be prevented through adequate vaccination.
How can I know if I have an STI?
STIs are transmitted by having unprotected sex. If you had vaginal, anal, and/or oral sexual intercourse without using a condom, even once, you are at risk of having contracted a STI. If you are dating someone regularly, you should both take a STI screening test before stopping condom use.
Some STIs can also be transmitted when coming in contact with the blood of someone who is infected. GET TESTED!
How is the test done?
- For men: With a urine test (offered at Dawson or in certain clinics identified below).
- For women: With a self-swab of the vagina or a urine test (offered at Dawson or in certain clinics identified below).
- Syphilis, Hepatitis & HIV are tested by blood sample (offered once a month at Dawson: booking through the H.I.V.E. ; or in community clinics and CLSC).
A very interesting resource on STI and STI testing: When You Think About It
If you are male, it is important to refrain from urination for two hours prior to your appointment.
Where can I get tested?
Dawson College Student Health Services
(514) 931-8731 ext. 1206
For current Dawson students ONLY
Ask to see the nurses during drop-in hours (schedule posted outside the 2D.2 door) or MIO the nurses for an appointment.
(514) 931-8731 ext.
Sign up for testing with a CLSC nurse coming to Dawson, once a month.
IN THE COMMUNITY
To locate a STI testing facility near you, you may call Info-Santé 8-1-1.
You can also find an interactive map here .
Make sure to call before going to any clinic.
- CLSC Métro (514) 934-0354
1801 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West *Ask for STI testing when you call*
- Youth Clinics at CLSC Benny Farm & CLSC René Cassin (514) 484-7878
CLSC Benny Farm
6484, Monkland avenue
Monday and Friday, 10am to 5pm
Tuesday and Thursday 8:30am to 4pm
CLSC René Cassin
5800, Cavendish boul.
Wednesday 10am to 5:30pm
Montreal General Hospital (514) 934-8074
1650 Cedar Ave. Infectious Disease Clinic
* On appointments only *
Clinique médicale Vendôme (514) 484-4711
5175 de Maisonneuve West, offices 100
*On appointment with Dr. Rebecca Keyston. May charge 10$*
MDCM Stat clinic (514) 484-0999
5550 St-Jacques st.
*With or without appointment*
Jewish General Hospital – Infectious disease clinic
3755 Cote Ste-Catherine, 1st floor, Pavilion G, room 148
Clinique Réseau Intrégrée Universitaire (CRIU)
5858 Côte-des-Neiges Road, 5th floor
Clinique Médicale de l’Ouest (CR) (514) 765-3600
*Clinique médicale 1851 – 514-524-7564
1851 Sherbrooke east, office 101
BE SAFE. ALWAYS USE A CONDOM!
For more information on STIs and STI prevention, please see the Health Education Nurse in room 2D.2, call info-santé at 8-1-1 or visit www.sexandu.ca