Preventing Sexually Transmitted & Blood Borne Illnesses

In 2011, a Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infection (STBBI) Working Group was established in the Sioux Lookout zone, in response to the increase of opiate drug abuse and detection of Hepatitis C. In September 2011, the Chief in the area passed a resolution directing Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA), a leading participant in the STBBI Working Group, to lead the implementation of an HIV/Hepatitis C prevention strategy for all First Nation communities in the region.

Are you at risk for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV?

Hep. B, Hep. C and HIV are a serious concern in today's world.  Knowing the risks is a big step to preventing them but if any of the following applies to you, get tested right away.

  • Have you ever had sex without a condom?
  • Have you every had oral sex?
  • Have you ever used a needle that was used by someone else? (drugs, piercings, tattoos, etc.)
  • Have you every used a drug tool that was used by someone else? (pipes, straws, spoons, filters, water, etc.)
  • Have you ever shared a sex toy?

Protect Yourself, Your Family & Your Friends

You can protect yourself and you loved ones by following some simple precautions.  And remember, you can always go to your local nursing stations for Condums, Clean Needles, Testing and Immunizations.

  • Always use lubricated condoms for sex (vaginal or anal)
  • Use dental dams or condoms for oral sex
  • Never use someone else's needles, spoons, straws, water, filters or pipes
  • Get tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections
  • For your general health, you should never reuse needles