Local Public Health Services

Ontario Public Health promotes sexual health as an important part of overall health. There are 36 public health units in Ontario. Health units administer health promotion and disease prevention programs to inform the public about healthy life-styles, communicable disease control including education in STIs/AIDS, immunization, food premises inspection, healthy growth and development including parenting education, health education for all age groups and selected screening services.

Sexual Health Clinics

Ontario’s Sexual Health Clinic program follows the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Public Health Standards. The medical services are:

  • Inclusive
  • Non-judgmental
  • Respectful
  • Confidential

Our Sexual Health Clinics provide free and confidential services for men and women, including:

  • Birth control counseling
  • Low cost or free birth control
  • Free condoms
  • Emergency contraceptive pill
  • STI testing & free treatment
  • HIV testing, counseling and referral
  • Pregnancy testing/counseling and referral
  • Sexuality/relationship counseling


Sexual Health Clinics also provide services to people of all ages who may have trouble finding or accessing the sexual health services they need.

These include:

  • People with a concern related to a sexually transmitted infection and their partners
  • Recent immigrants or refugees
  • People living in poverty who need access to low cost birth control
  • People without a valid OHIP card
  • People who have sex with a same sex partner


Find out more about the specific health services and counseling available from the Public Health Unit that serves your community. Ontario’s Public Health Units are here for you.



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