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Sexually Transmitted Infections

Think you’re safe from STIs if you just have oral sex? Think again!

There is no such thing as 100% safe when it comes to getting STIs.  Compared to other types of sex, oral sex is considered a lower risk activity but "low risk" does not mean "no risk."  Did you know that the majority of common sexually transmitted infections such as Gonorrhea & Chlamydia can be transferred through either performing or receiving oral sex? Also, STIs that are transferred through oral sex may have no visible symptoms.

Birth Control Pills provide protection against pregnancy but women still need to use condoms as well.

Provided that the pills are taken correctly (about the same time of day, every day, without missing any pills), the birth control pill will provide very good protection against pregnancy.  The failure rate of the birth control pill is about 1% per year if taken correctly.  This means that 1 woman out of every 100 taking the pill for one year will become pregnant.  Compare this to women not using birth control, where 80-85 out of 100 will become pregnant during

Condoms always come in square packages, right?

Not necessarily!  Condoms are now being marketed in new, fun ways. "One" condom company is a company that is marketing "next generation" condoms and giving you an opportunity to share your design ideas. "One" condoms have been spotted in some stores around the NWT - check them out!



Have you heard? There’s a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.

There's a vaccine available that provides protection against a common virus called Human Papillomavirus or HPV.  This virus can cause cervical cancer.

The HPV vaccine is offered free to Grade 4 girls in the NWT. A catch-up program will also be offered over the next 5 years for girls in grades 9-12.

STI rates in the Northwest Territories are:

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