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Health P.E.I. offering new sexual health walk-in clinics

Health P.E.I. is planning free, monthly sexual clinics whose services will include sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection testing.
Health P.E.I. is planning free, monthly sexual clinics whose services will include sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection testing. - Contributed

Health P.E.I. is planning free, monthly sexual clinics whose services will include sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection testing.

No appointment is required and patients will be seen by a nurse practitioner or registered nurse.

The clinic will be offered on a Tuesday each month from 4-8 p.m., alternating between Summerside and Charlottetown. Those dates are as follows:

The Polyclinic, Charlottetown:
- Aug. 28
- Oct. 9
- Dec. 11

Harbourside Health Centre, Summerside:
- Sept. 4
- Nov. 13

Test results will take about one to two weeks, depending on the test. Confidential non-nominal testing (ordered without the individual’s name) is available.

Rachelle Pike, manager of the Women’s Wellness Program and Sexual Health Services, said for those who are sexually active, getting tested is one of the most important things they can do to protect their health.

“We recognize that there are some individuals who are reluctant to visit their primary care provider’s office or make an appointment to get tested,’’ Pike said. “It is important that we support the sexual health of Islanders, and we are hoping that the new monthly walk-in clinic will be yet another option for Islanders.”

More information about sexual health services, including the sexual health walk-in clinic, click here. Islanders can also call toll-free at 1-844-365-8258.

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