Did you ever wonder if the person you had sex with has a STI, also called STBBI (sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections)?
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 in exceptional cases, infertility.
STI include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV (condylomas), genital herpes, hepatitis B and C, and HIV.
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 (ask the nurse).
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. Sex toys may also carry certain viruses and bacteria.
If you are having sexual intercourse regularly with the same person, and are considering stopping condom use, you should both take a STI screening test before.
Some STIs can also be transmitted when coming in contact with the blood of someone who is infected. GET TESTED!
Types of testing
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing (urine, self-swab of the vagina, throat swab, self-swab of anus)
- offered in Student Health Services
Syphilis, Hepatitis & HIV testing (blood test)
- offered in CLSCs, community clinics and some hospitals
- These centres also offer chlamydia and gonorrhea testing
Interesting information on STI and STI testing:
If you are male, it is important to refrain from urinating for one hour prior to your appointment.
Where can I get tested?
Dawson College Student Health Services
(514) 931-8731 ext. 1206
For current Dawson students ONLY with a valid Quebec Medicare card.
Fill out the online form in Omnivox (found under Student Services on the bottom left of the page and select “Health Services Form”. For STI testing, you can book your own appointment at the end of the form.
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) 934-0505 ext.7399, option 1. Ask for an appointment with a NURSE.
1801 De Maisonneuve Blvd West near Guy Concordia metro.
- 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