We are overrun with information thanks to Twitter, Facebook, websites, our friends, etc. But there are certain things we need to know that can be hard to talk about, or find reliable information on.
For example, did you know:
- people under 25 years old account for almost 1/2 of all the new HIV cases worldwide
- 81% of new cases of chlamydia and 67% of new cases of gonorrhoeaare among youth
- youth (aged 15 to 29) are at higher risk for hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections
- of the 66% of Canadian youth that are sexually active, 32% had not used a condom the last time they had sex
- in Nova Scotia in 2012, the highest rates of chlamydia were found in females aged 15 to 24
- 80% of condom failure is due to misuse
- there is currently an increase in the number of syphilis cases in Nova Scotia, mainly among men that have sex with men
- you can be tested for free, and confidentially,for HIV and other STIs in your community or surrounding area
The links below will help you become more informed about current issues around testing, safer sex, HIV/AIDS and STIs. Of course, always remember you can find out information from your family doctor and/or a local health clinic. If you’re not sure what to do, ask someone you trust.
Download our fact card set. Sized to print on business card sheets that can be purchased at most office supply stores.
HIV and STIs
Information or testing, within Halifax