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Some sexual health issues, such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), intimate partner violence, and sexual pleasure, affect all people. However for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people (LGBT) these issues may be compounded by homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. As a result, some sexual health issues may require distinct care within LGBT populations.

WHAT DOES SEXUAL HEALTH MEAN?

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a “state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality; not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity.” They add that sexual health includes “a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.

WHY TALK ABOUT LGBT SEXUAL HEALTH?

Sexual health can be a challenging issue to discuss in the clinical context. Studies have reported that some health care providers may face barriers to discussing sexual health with their LGBT patients, including lack of knowledge of same-sex sexual practices.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Canada. When left untreated, it can lead to painful health problems and infertility. Chlamydia disproportionately affects sexually active youth and young adults, especially women ages 15-24 in Canada.

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can cause painful sores on the genital area. There is no vaccine or cure, but antiviral medication can help ease the pain associated with the sores and control recurrent episodes.

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can cause infertility. This bacterial infection is on the rise in Canada and becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Gonorrhea (commonly known as "the clap") is transmitted through oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected person.

HIV / AIDS

HIV (or Human Immunodeficiency Virus) weakens your immune system, your body’s built-in defence against disease and illness. Anyone can be infected with HIV. You can have HIV without knowing it. You may not look or feel sick for years, but you can still pass the virus on to other people. 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Canada and worldwide. The various types of HPV can lead to different health outcomes.

Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is on the rise in Canada. If left untreated, LGV can lead to serious health problems.

LGV is caused by variations of the bacteria that cause chlamydia, a common STI. However, the infections caused by LGV are much more invasive, cause different symptoms, and have different results if left untreated.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection that is on the rise in Canada. Syphilis is transmitted through oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected person. A pregnant woman with syphilis can pass it on to her unborn child, sometimes causing birth defects or death.

Resources

AIDS Committee of Windsor

511 Pelissier Street
Windsor, Ontario, N9A 4L2
519-973-0222 ext. 117
www.aidswindsor.org
Walk-in or appointment

The AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW) is a registered charity that provides support, education and outreach services for people living with, affected by, or at-risk of HIV/AIDS. Our services span the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent counties through two offices located in downtown Windsor and downtown Chatham respectively.

Teen Health Centre

1361 Ouellette Ave #101
Windsor ON, N8X 1J6
Phone: 519-253-8481
www.wechc.org/teenhealth_home

Teen Health is located at 1361 Ouellette and provides Primary Care and Counselling to youth between the ages of 12 and 24 years. Individuals come to us for Physical and Mental Health (individual and group counseling is available); Eating Disorders; Substance Abuse; Parent Support (support for parents and guardians of adolescents) and Pre and Post Natal for young moms.

Sandwich Community Health

3320 College Avenue 
Windsor, ONT N9C 0E1
Phone: 519-258-6002
www.wechc.org/sch_home

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, Sandwich Community Health provides Primary Care Services and Counselling Services to the vulnerable individuals in Windsor – Essex.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (Leamington Office)

33 Princess Street
Leamington, Ontario, N8H 5C5
519-258-2146 ext. 1200
www.wechu.org
By appointment only

Public health programs keep our community healthy by promoting improved health, preventing disease and injury, controlling threats to human life and function, and facilitating social conditions to ensure equal opportunity in attaining health for all.

Sexual Health Ontario

www.sexualhealthontario.ca

If you're gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or if you are somewhere along a continuum of gender and/or sexuality, being aware of your health risks and having relevant health checks can help you stay healthy and reduce your risk of illness. While many LGBTQ+ people share the same health needs as those who identify as straight, in some cases they may be more at risk of contracting specific conditions, such as HIV (in gay and bisexual men) or breast cancer (in lesbian women). LGBTQ+ people may also be less likely to take advantage of certain screenings and health checks, which may lead to not identifying health conditions early.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (Windsor Office)

1005 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, N9A 4J8
519-258-2146 ext. 1200
www.wechu.org
By appointment (closed 12pm – 1pm)

Public health programs keep our community healthy by promoting improved health, preventing disease and injury, controlling threats to human life and function, and facilitating social conditions to ensure equal opportunity in attaining health for all.

Street Health

711 Pelissier Street
Windsor, Ontario, N9A 4L4
519-997-2824
www.wechc.org/streethealth
By appointment ONLY

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, Street Health Site provides primary care and supportive services to individuals in our community who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

 
 
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