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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.

Where do I find low-cost dental care?

Dental care is expensive if you don’t have insurance. There are 4 places to find low-cost dental care in Ontario:

1. Your School

If you are in school, you might have access to a school dental program. Ask your school’s health care office or school nurse for more information. You may be screened by a nurse to see if you have serious dental problems, and will be referred for more dental care.

How Do I Find A Doctor?

Finding a doctor seems easy, but there aren’t enough doctors in many areas of Ontario. It may take you some time to find a doctor. It’s important to find one that you feel comfortable with.

How Do I Find A Doctor?

You can choose to see your family doctor. Some people are uncomfortable with that, and many people do not have a family doctor. If this is true for you, you need to find a new doctor. You can do this by:

Where can I get mental health help?

Finding mental health help can be hard if you are young, mostly because youth-friendly mental health services are hard to find. First, figure out what kind of help you need, then try to find a way to get it.

What kind of help do I need?

Depending on what kind of things you are experiencing, you will need different kinds of help. Depression is treated differently than anxiety, for example. It's important to find treatment that works for you. Here are some forms of treatment for mental health issues:

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:

How Kids Help Phone Can Help You

Moving to a new country can often feel scary, lonely and downright stressful—and having someone to talk to can make all the difference. If you have a problem or you’re just feeling alone, Kids Help Phone is there for you.

Whether you’re dealing with something big, like suicidal thoughts, or something smaller, like a fight you’re having with your parents, you can call or go online any time of the day or night to talk to a professional counsellor about it. It’s free, it’s confidential, and it’s a great way to cope with whatever’s bothering you.

Where Can I Find LGBTQQ Mental Health Help?

Many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ ) youth experience mental and emotional distress because of:

  • Homophobia, discrimination and/or violence
  • Pressure to come out to family and friends
  • Rejection and alienation because of their gender or sexual orientation

If you are a transgender youth, the transition itself can cause emotional and mental distress. If you are bisexual, you might feel pressure to identify as either straight or gay.

Where do I find optometry (eye-health) services?

If you are having problems seeing or reading, you might need get your eyes checked.

To take an eye exam, find an optometrist near you and schedule a comprehensive eye exam.

Am I covered under OHIP?

The Onatior Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) covers the cost of one major eye exam (for vision and general eye health) every 12 months, plus any minor assessments you need, but only if you are: