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BE MINE VALENTINE

- Health Unit Promotes Importance of a Strong Patient-Provider Relationship to Support Sexual Health -


With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, the local Health Unit wants to know: what’s your relationship status?

The question isn’t to discover if you are dating or seeing someone. Rather, it’s to encourage people and their health care providers to discuss sexual and reproductive health issues with each other. Emphasizing the importance of this patient-provider relationship is good for everyone’s health, and is the focus of Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week which runs from February 8-14.

“Don’t be afraid to talk with your physician or nurse practitioner about your sexuality, or reproductive health concerns,” says Lisa Davey, a Sexual Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “Asking questions and addressing any worries will lead to improved health outcomes and better access to the services you need.”

Davey notes that positive relationships between patients and health care problems can help reduce problems. Getting advice, using condoms and being tested for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) can reduce the risk of contracting and spreading diseases to a partner, Davey says. Encouraging the use of condoms, as well as other forms of birth control, can also help avoid unplanned – and potentially unwanted – pregnancies.

To support the work of local health care providers, the Health Unit provides sexual and reproductive health services in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Couples who are planning to start a family can get advice to plan and prepare for a healthy pregnancy. Information and resources are available by calling any local Health Unit office and speaking to a Family Health Nurse.

Confidential sexual health information, counselling and clinical services are also offered by the Health Unit through its Sexual Health Clinics. These services include: testing/treatment for STIs, low-cost birth control, free condoms, free pregnancy testing and counselling, emergency contraception, and healthy sexuality information. For more details or to book a confidential appointment, speak to a Sexual Health Nurse by calling the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1205.

More information on sexual and reproductive health is also available on the Health Unit’s website .

For media inquiries, contact:

Lisa Davey, Sexual Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569, or toll-free: 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2311,

or Cindy Hutchinson, Family Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569, or 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2308.

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