Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

What is a sexually transmitted infection (STI)?

STIs are infections that are spread from person to person, through sexual contact, such as vaginal, oral or anal sex.

What puts me at risk?

Having multiple sexual partners and having unprotected sex can both increase the likelihood of getting an STI.

Using substances like drugs or alcohol can also increase your risk, as they may lower your inhibitions and lead to riskier behaviours.

How can I reduce my risk?

Using protection, such as condoms and dental dams, can help protect you from getting an STI. You can also be vaccinated against some STIs, like human papilloma virus (HPV) or hepatitis B.

Being tested frequently can also protect you and your partner(s) from spreading STIs, in case you get one.

If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your health care provider for a medical assessment.  If you do not have a health care provider, please see the list below for resources in the EOHU region that offer assessments.

Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry region

  • Pitt Street Medical Centre
    • Walk-ins only
    • 1331 Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON K6J 3T7

  • Youth Hub
    • Young adults under 25
    • 212 Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON K6J 3P6
    • 613-577-7216

  • From Here to There Nurse Concierge Cornwall
    • Book online for a virtual appointment
    • Please note there is a fee for appointments
    • 420 Ninth Street West, Cornwall, ON K6J 0B3

Prescott-Russell region

  • Youth Hub
    • Young adults under 25
    • 1517 Laurier Street, Rockland, ON K4K 1C8
    • 613-577-7219

Eastern region

  • East Region Virtual Care Clinic
    • Register online or call 1-888-684-1999 for a virtual appointment.
  • Health811
    • Chat online or call 811

For urgent medical issues, go to the nearest hospital. 

Learn more about common STIs

For more information on contact tracing, treatment and test of cure:

Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections: Guides for health professionals