The Perth District Health Unit has launched an eight-week campaign to encourage people to practice safe sex and protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through regular testing.
Posters are being hung in the washrooms of workplaces across the county.
The posters feature a quiz and encourage people to go online, find out the answer, and enter their name into a draw. Entrants are eligible to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.
“The goal of the contest is to promote regular condom use and to encourage people who are sexually active to test for STIs on an ongoing basis,” explains Linda Moraes, public health promoter. “These two actions can help protect people from developing an infection and passing it to their partner.”
STI and Condom Facts Some of the most common STIs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, can be detected through a simple urine test.
Many STIs don’t have symptoms so can be passed to you or your partner without you knowing it.
Other than abstinence, condoms are the only type of birth control to offer some protection against STIs and HIV.
To see the campaign and enter the contest, visit www.pdhu.on.ca/playourgame.
To learn more about STIs or the health unit’s sexual health clinics, call 519-271-7600 to speak confidentially with a public health nurse.