GET TESTED! Small Things that Promote Big Change
Get informed. Ask your teacher or get your student group to make an appointment with Toronto Public Health (416-338-7600) to come to your school to talk about safer sex and harm reduction. They are there to help you make the best decision about your sexual health and your drug using behaviours. They'll also be able to tell you about services in your community where you can get condoms (in addition to your school's Positive Space), needles and other safer sex and harm reduction supplies. If you think you’ve been exposed to HIV or other STIs, they’ll be able to tell you where you can get confidential testing and treatment. You can also find a clinic in town where you’re sure no one will know you or your family and ask to speak to the nurse. If that’s not possible either, Spider Bytes ( http://www.spiderbytes.ca/ ) is a great website for and by youth that’ll give you all the information you need to make healthy decisions.