Island Sexual Health Society Be informed, not surprised!

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***CLINIC SERVICES UPDATE***

Please see below for information on appointments and supply/medication pick up.

 

Appointments

We require all new and returning clients to call us at 250-592-3479 or use our online portal to book a consult appointment.

**If you have been seen by phone/video by one of our doctors since March 16, 2020 and were told that you need an exam, we now have availability for in-person appointments – please call us directly 250-592-3479 to book. Otherwise, you will need to see one of our providers via a phone or video appointment to make a plan for your care needs.**

If we have booked an in-clinic follow-up appointment with you; we require you to wear a mask for your protection for your entire visit. If you do not have one; you can find instructions to make a homemade mask here or we will provide one for you to wear during your time in our clinic.

Supply/Medication Pick Up

Please follow the instructions posted on the outside of our clinic when you arrive if you are picking up supplies. Our clinic is accessible 9-4 pm Monday-Friday for supply/medication pick up. We are closed Saturday and Sunday.

If you currently feel unwell; have a cough; fever; difficulty breathing; recent out of country travel; or other risk factors for COVID-19 you are asked NOT to attend our clinic for any reason. Please call us 250-592-3479 to make arrangements for your sexual health care via telemedicine.

Island Sexual Health is an appointment based clinic and is NOT a testing site for Covid-19. If you are concerned about symptoms, or have questions about your risk or how to protect yourself and others, please see the Island Health website

We will continue to post all updates on this page as well as on our facebook, instagram and twitter pages.

Text Line for Sexual Health Questions: 

Our confidential texting line is still available 250-812-9374 for any sexual health questions. Please note this line is for general sexuality questions not medical advice.

Our satellite clinics (Camosun, Tsawout and Royal Bay) are CLOSED and clients of these locations are asked to call our main clinic location at 250-592-3479 to access supplies/service.

We appreciate your patience and support.

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What can Island Sexual Health help me with?

All things sexual health related. We offer pro-choice and comprehensive sexual health clinicseducation programs and products for people of all genders, orientations, abilities, and ages in Greater Victoria, BC in the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We are a non-profit organization that is also a registered charity.

At Island Sexual Health, our job is to provide you the most current and relevant information, services, and products that help you better understand your sexual and/or reproductive health needs and make the best choices for your sexual wellness.

Image gratefully borrowed from rainbow health ontario

Image gratefully borrowed from rainbow health ontario

We utilize the services of both doctors and nurses in our clinics to provide the very best in sexual health care. We provide referrals to our clients who require the services of specialized medical care such as gynecology, urology, sexual medicine, physiotherapy, etc.  All of our nurses are certified in Contraceptive and STI Management through CRNBC. We are also a teaching facility for the University of British Columbia’s Island Medical Program which means we offer training to medical school residents.

More than just birth control

At Island Sexual Health, we realize that a person’s sexual health is about way more than the prevention of pregnancy. In fact, sometimes it’s never about the prevention of pregnancy!

All our services are private, non-judgmental, and supportive; for everyone, all of the time.

Our Confidential clinical services include:

  • Pap, pelvic, and genital exams
  • Testicular and breast/chest exams
  • Gender Affirming Care (Hormone Assessment/Access/Service Referrals) Services  **GAC is restricted to clients 16 years+** Initiating GAC operates through a wait list rotation which may vary in duration. Clients seeking renewal are not subject to waitlist. Please call us directly for an appointment.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing, treatment, prevention (including PrEP for qualifying patients), vaccination, and support. Our clients can access onsite blood draw services for HIV, Hep B & C, Syphilis testing on Saturdays.
  • Lower cost birth control
  • Specialized IUD insertion clinics and removals
  • Nexplanon removals (please note insertions are not currently available in Canada)
  • Pregnancy testing and pro choice options and support
  • Free condoms and lube and bleed control products
  • An expanded line of sexual health products for sale in our Frisky Business store including lower cost latex free condoms, dams, lube, and toys.

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Our comprehensive and well respected education program Beyond the Talk  includes:

  • Customized sexuality education workshops for Grades 4-Adult
  • Youth training programs including a youth sexuality steering committee
  • Parent Education Sessions
  • Conference workshops
  • Events attendance and tabling
  • Youth specific website and texting resource line for youth 250-812-9374
    • We offer this site specifically for  youth who want more youth based sexual health information (ie puberty info, how to talk to adults, sexual decision making, etc.) than our regular site offers. Check it out for more resources, current info and lots of writing from our amazing youth committee. We also have a youth texting line for all of your sexual health questions 250-812-9374.

Territorial Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that our clinics are located and our work takes place in various places within the unceded traditional territories of Lekwungen (Chekonein, Chilcowitch, Swengwhung, Kosampsom, Whyomilth, Teechamitsa, Kakyaakan, Songhees, Esquimalt) and W̱SÁNEĆ (SȾÁUTW/Tsawout, W̱JOȽEȽP/Tsartlip, BOḰEĆEN/Pauquachin, WSIḴEM/Tseycum) Peoples.

We humbly provide services for people from these territories as well as those who are settlers and visitors to these lands.