Inside Ottawa Valley (01.23.2014)
Aids Weekly Plus
Inside Ottawa Valley recently reported on a new sexual health clinic in Carleton Place, Ottawa, that will offer STD testing with free treatment, pregnancy testing, and birth control, including condoms and Plan B. The clinic, a partnership between the Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit and CORE Youth Services, will provide confidential services to drop-in patients every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 360 Edmund Street, Carleton Place.
The opening of the clinic supports efforts to reduce unwanted pregnancies and STDs, especially chlamydia, which is on the rise in many parts of Canada, including in Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark. Access and transportation can be an issue for some of those in need, so community clinics are important. "Increasing accessibility to our services is a continued commitment for the health unit to help us reach clients for whom transportation is a barrier," says Susan LaBrie, public health nurse with the health unit.
The clinic will offer services to people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations. For more information about locations and services, call (800) 660–5853 or (613) 345–5685, or visit www.areyousafe.ca.