Sexually Transmitted Infections
The worst part is not knowing. If you would like to get tested, talk your health care provider. There are confidential services available through the Grey Bruce Health Unit if you do not have a health care provider. All testing is free, easy and confidential
Testing is important to stay healthy. Get the right care at the right time, in your community. Confidentiality is assured.
Most tests require a urine, swab or blood sample. It is important to test all potential sites of infection. Test results take approximately one to two weeks to come back from the laboratory.
Some of the most commonly reported STIs can be treated and cured. Antibiotics can cure potentially serious STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea. In some cases, treatment can help reduce symptom of infection, or future outbreaks (e.g. antivirals for herpes). And there are also medications that help people with HIV live longer and healthier lives
Some people have no symptoms of infection. Symptoms, if they occur, can include:
- A burning sensation while urinating
- A white, yellow or green discharge from the penis, vagina or rectum
- Painful or swollen testicles
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Vaginal bleeding between periods
- Pain during sex
- Sore throat, rectal discharge, itching, soreness or bleeding
- Painful bowel movement
Some sexually transmitted infections can cause long term damage if left untreated. Tell your partner(s) if you have tested positive for an infection. Encourage your partner(s) to get tested and treated. A health care provider can provide assistance. For tips on how to talk to your partners visit, tell my partner .
- inSPOT Anonymous STI Exposure Notifications
- An online partner notification website allowing users to send anonymous electronic cards (e-cards) to their sexual partners to notify them of a possible exposure to an STI.
For information on Sexually transmitted infections please visit Government of Canada webpage