Sexual Health

What is "sexual" consent?

Consent is about enthusiastically agreeing to what you want to do, and about openly expressing what you don’t want to do.

You get consent by asking your partner(s) for permission to do something sexual.

You give consent by allowing your partner(s) to do something sexual.

If you try to be sexual with someone without their consent, you’re doing something that they haven’t agreed to, and that’s considered sexual assault or rape.

Where can I get tested for HIV/AIDS?

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is an infection that is transferred through certain bodily fluids. It attacks your immune system leaving your body weak and vulnerable to other infections. There is no cure for HIV but with treatment you can live a long, healthy life.

If untreated, it can develop into a more fatal stage of the disease called AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). It’s very important to seek treatment if you have HIV.

Do I have to tell others I have HIV/AIDS?

Unless you are going to have sex with someone or share needles, you may or may not want to tell others about your HIV status. The choice should always be yours and based on what is best for you as long as your actions are not endangering others.

Deciding on when to disclose your condition to others (friends, parents/family members, partner, managers, schoolmates, or co-workers) can be very stressful and can cause feelings of anxiety and even regret. “Disclosure” means sharing your personal information or “revealing”(in this case) your positive status.

Where can I find a sexual health clinic?

Are you worried about your sexual health or sexual relationship? Visit a sexual health clinic to ask them questions about sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), sex, and pregnancy.

Is there a sexual health clinic near me?

There are many sexual health clinics to choose from across Ontario. Although there are no clinics exclusively for newcomer youth, most clinics are youth-friendly. Some clinics even offer services in different languages and are sensitive to different cultural and religious backgrounds.

For a list of clinics in Ontario see the following websites: