PAP tests no longer offered by Leeds, Grenville, Lanark health unit

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Beginning Monday, June 10, changes will be in effect regarding sexual health clinic services in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.

The health unit explains in a media release that PAP tests will no longer be offered at Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit locations.

In addition, the Brockville clinic will no longer have Monday hours, and Thursday hours will be extended from 11a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Gananoque, Perth and Carleton Place clinics are by appointment only, no walk ins.

“These changes have been made as a result of changing demographics in sexually transmitted diseases and a review of community needs and organizational capacity,” says the release.

The sexual health clinics are available in seven different locations across Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.  The health unit says that accessing appointments at local sexual health clinics is easier thanks to the new online booking system, however anyone without a computer can still call the health unit directly to arrange an appointment.  Clinics in Brockville, Smiths Falls, Kemptville and Almonte may also be able to offer services to walk-ins, however appointments are highly encouraged.

“Staff are non-judgemental, welcoming those of all ages, genders and sexual orientations into safe and positive spaces,” the media release states. “Clients who attend these clinics do not need to have a health card or a primary health care provider.”

The following services will continue to be offered at the clinics:

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection testing and treatment at no cost
  • Immunization if eligible (HPV, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MPOX)
  • Counselling about relationships and sexual health decision-making
  • Other sexual health services such as low-cost and free birth control and pregnancy counselling and referrals

The health unit also has a Nurse Practitioner in some clinics, which has allowed for expansion of services to include IUD placement and removal, as well as addressing more complex sexual health issues.

“This helps to reduce barriers to clients by providing a rapid pathway to a provider, providing sexual health services to clients who do not have a primary care provider, and by reducing the number of visits clients need to make in order to receive care.”

The health unit also is involved with the GetAKit program that provides at-home testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. These kits can be ordered directly from the Health Unit website and are mailed to your home at no cost.

The healthunit.org website is full of great information that you can browse anytime, which includes a specific section on clinics and classes as well as a health information button which provides more general information about sexual health. Social media accounts such as Facebook, X and Instagram allow for important updates and direct messaging from clients.

Anyone seeking additional information can reach out through our email address: contact@healthunit.org or call the toll free number: 1-800-660-5853 to speak confidentially to a public health nurse.

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