August 26, 2010
Media Release

New clinic increases public access to sexual health services

York Region Public Health now operating a sexual health clinic in the City of Vaughan
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York today opened a sexual health clinic in the City of Vaughan.  The clinic is located at the Vaughan Community Health Centre, 9401 Jane Street (north of Rutherford Road) and operates every Thursday (except holidays) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
 
“Healthy sexual well-being is an important component to overall health,” said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health.  “There are now seven clinics located across the Region increasing public access to sexual health services and information.”
 
Staffed by public health nurses and physicians, York Region’s Sexual Health Clinics offer a wide range of confidential and non-judgemental services to promote healthy sexual well-being.
 
Services include:
• Birth control counselling and lower-cost birth control options
• Emergency contraceptives (Plan B)
• Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment
• Anonymous HIV and Point-of-Care Testing (POCT)
• Education and counselling on various sexual health issues
• Referral to other appropriate community resources
 
Services are available at no cost to all York Region residents regardless of age, background, lifestyle and sexual orientation.  A health card is not required and information is not shared with family physicians without the patient’s consent.
 
Additional York Region Sexual Health Clinics are located in the Town of Georgina, Township of King, Town of Markham, Town of Newmarket and the Town of Richmond Hill.  Clinic hours and locations vary and appointments are preferred. 
 
For more information on healthy sexuality, the York Region Sexual Health Clinics or to make an appointment, please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca/sexualhealth
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell: 905 716-9753
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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