Frequently asked questions
Is your clinic a drop-in?
No. You can’t just show up, but you can book an appointment during
What does it cost to attend the clinic?
All our services are free, but there is a charge for birth control pills,
Depo-Provera and IUDs.
Is your service anonymous?
HIV antibody tests are done anonymously, and all our other services and
tests are confidential.
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit and you don’t have to live in Toronto.
Are all your doctors women?
When can I have a pregnancy test and how soon
will I find out?
We can do an accurate urine test for pregnancy within a week of missing
a period. Results are available within five minutes.
Does the clinic do abortions?
No. We provide pregnancy testing, counselling and referrals appropriate
to the client’s plan.
When am I safe on the pill?
Before you rely on it for protection, you should wait until you have completed
one pack of pills. After that you are safe all the time, including during
the sugar pills or the seven days off, providing you don’t miss
any pills. If you miss one or more pills you should use a backup method
(such as condoms) until your next pack.
Will the pill/IUD/Depo-Provera stop me from
getting pregnant in the future?
None of these methods of birth control have any long-term effects on
fertility. However, sometimes periods can be delayed after stopping
the pill or the
Is it okay to skip periods on the pill?
Some women choose to miss the occasional period by not taking a break
or not taking the sugar pills at the end of the pack. There is no harm
in doing this, and you are still protected from pregnancy, but if you
are late with pills you may be more likely to have breakthrough bleeding.
Emergency contraceptive pill (ECP)
What is the ECP?
The emergency contraceptive pill, also known as the morning after pill,
is a hormonal treatment that reduces the chance of pregnancy if taken
within three days after unprotected sex. At this clinic we offer Ovral
for free, or prescriptions for Plan B.
When should I take an HIV test?
An HIV test is most accurate if done three months after your most recent
risk occurrence such as unprotected sex, sharing needles etc. You do not
need to do an HIV test on a regular basis unless you feel you have been
at risk for the virus.
How can I get an HIV test?
At this clinic we do anonymous HIV testing. You book an appointment on
a first-name basis, and then when you come to the clinic you are assigned
a number. The test is done under the number and when you return to the
clinic with your number you can get your results. Results generally take
one to two weeks.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
How can I get an STD test?
There is no single test that can check for all STDs. We offer tests for
gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis B, vaginal infections, genital
herpes, as well as Pap tests for cervical cancer, on a confidential basis.
When and how will I get the results?
Results generally take from one to three weeks, depending on the test.
You can pick up your results by phone or email.
What happens if I have an STD?
We offer free treatment for gonorrhea, chlamydia and some vaginal infections.
We also offer counselling on managing the infection and how to tell partners,
Hepatitis B vaccinations
How can I get a hepatitis B vaccination?
We offer free hepatitis
B vaccinations to people at risk. The schedule for the injections is:
- First injection
- Second injection one month after the first
- Third injection six months after the first
Local clinics and organizations
Are there other Toronto clinics I can go to?
Sexual health clinics affiliated with Toronto
Public Health are listed here.
The Hassle Free Clinic,
located in downtown Toronto, provides
free medical and counselling services in many areas of sexual health.
The Immigrant Women’s
Health Centre is a woman-centred
organization committed to helping immigrant and refugee
women and women of
colour. Services are provided in several languages.
The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) provides free, confidential supportive
and practical services to men, women and youth living with HIV/AIDS.
ACT also provides information and support to friends, partners, and families
of people living with HIV/AIDS.