Tips for peak sexual health

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

- Know your sexual partner, communicate about safe sex, testing, and STIs
- Always use a condom, and/or spermacide, for all sexual activity
- Get STI testing; it’s quick and can be done in one visit
- Get your Hepatitis A and B shots

Women
- Get a pap smear once a year to detect abnormal cell changes
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is available for Canadian females aged 9-26; high-risk HPV is linked to most cases of cervical cancer. Three doses are required ($167 per dose); a prescription is required

Men
-check your penis and testicles regularly for lumps, sores or any unusual discharge; all are signs of an STI

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