According to the World Health Organization, Sexual Health “... is fundamental to the overall health and well-being of individuals, couples and families, and to the social and economic development of communities and countries.”
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are extremely common. We can stay informed on how someone can prevent, get tested and treat STI. The Ministry of Health explains that “STIs can be treated and managed. But if left untreated, they can cause serious health problems.” It is very important that we normalize and welcome the common practice of accessing sexual health resources – as this allows us to prioritize our wellness and the wellness of our community.
Please feel free to click here to learn more about common symptoms of STIs. However, it is extremely important to be mindful that at times – some infections may be asymptomatic.
“Always take steps to protect yourself and others by using condoms during sexual activity” (Ministry of Health, 2020).
In this blog post, we will go over some valuable information on how our communities can take care of their sexual wellness at Western.
Here are some great resources on-campus and in our London community and beyond:
STI Clinic at the Middlesex Public Health Unit
The STI Clinic provides a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere where you can have an open discussion about your sexual health. To book an appointment, please call the Health Unit during regular business hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at 519-663-5317 and press “0” to speak with a Client Service Representative. Some of the services available at the clinic:
Student Health Services
Health & Wellness physicians can screen for all common sexually transmitted infections. STI testing is done with the utmost sensitivity and understanding at Student Health Services.
The Health and Wellness Centre is in their new location at Thames Hall Rm 2170. To book an appointment, please feel free to call 519-661-3030
Sexual Health Ontario
For answers to your sexual health questions, counselling, testing and referrals, there are many sexual health clinics throughout Ontario that are here for you. Please feel free to click here to find a clinic near your area.
Sexual Health Webinar from the Re:Shape Series at Student Experience
Pleasure is Power by Madame Gandhi
“As part of Madame Gandhi’s mission towards gender equality, this presentation addresses consent, sex positivity, creating safe spaces, and how we can all work together to shift the culture.”
Finally, if you are passionate around holistic wellness and amplifying student voices, we would suggest connecting with the USC’s Health Promotion’s Portfolio!