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Sexual and Reproductive Health Toolkit 2010

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Welcome to the Sexual and Reproductive Health Day 2010 page.  The Canadian Federation for Sexual Health has prepared the following resources for use by service providers and educators to promote sexual and reproductive health in their communities, specifically on the topic of chlamydia and sexually transmitted infections more broadly. 

This year, the 8th annual SRH Day draws attention to the prevention and treatment of chlamydia, Canada’s most prevalent sexually transmitted infection. 

Thousands of Canadians have chlamydia and don’t know it.  The majority of people infected have no symptoms.  If left untreated, chlamydia can have serious consequences.  Early detection and treatment are key; testing can be done though a simple urine or swab test, and it can be treated with antibiotics.   Chlamydia can be prevented by practicing safer sex, including using a condom or dental dam when engaging in vaginal, anal or oral sex.

Facts and Figures 

Chlamydia Basics - a general description of chlamydia, including symptoms and treatment
Chlamydia in Canada - statistics about the rates of chlamydia in Canada, with links to statistical information

Clarification – Chlamydia is the most common reportable STI in Canada. Some of the materials included in the toolkit may be a little unclear in this regard. The most extensive national data on STI’s among Canadian youth is for the reportable STIs (i.e. STIs for which individually diagnosed cases are reported to public health authorities. These STIs are HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis). However it is important to note that other STIs, specifically human papillomavirus (HPV) and herpes simplex virus (HSV) are more common than the most common of the reportable STIs (Chlamydia).

Handouts

If you’re looking for ways to talk about sexual and reproductive health, CFSH has some tools to help.  Here are some sample activities from “Beyond the Basics: A Sourcebook on Sexual and Reproductive Health Education” (2005).

STI Quiz (includes answers)
What Do I Value?
Interviewing Parents About HIV 

The Beyond the Basics Sourcebook is a trusted source of information and activities are written in plain, non-judgmental and unbiased language. Information and activities in the Sourcebook are used across Canada in schools, community-based organizations, public health offices and federal/provincial/territorial governmental departments.  To order a complete copy of the Sourcebook, visit our publications page.  

Resources from CFSH Members

In addition to teaching material from the Sourcebook, CFSH members from across the country have accessible information about chlamydia and sexually transmitted infections online.  To find a trusted member near you, visit our members  page.  Or, click on specific links from the websites below:

What You Should Know About STIs  (www.serc.mb.ca/content/dload/download.2008-07-04.4661189248/file) from Sexuality Education Resource Centre. 
 
What To Expect at a Clinic (www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/clinic-services/clinic-experience) from Options for Sexual Health.

It’s Easier Than You Think: Talking With Your Children About Sexual Health and Well-Being
(www.sexualhealthaccess.org/images/pdf/parent-brochure_web_6pg) from Sexual Health Access Alberta

General Information About Chlamydia (www.islandsexualhealth.org/infections/chlamydia/) from Island Sexual Health Society. 

Other Resources

In addition to expertise from CFSH members, there is other helpful information available online.  Here are some examples: 

STI Pamphlet for youth by youth from the Public Health Agency of Canada (www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/std-mts/index-eng.php)  

Sexually transmitted infections and HIV transmission from Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/std-mts/index-eng.php)

Sexually Transmitted Infections: Chlamydia from Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology's sexualityandu.ca website (http://www.sexualityandu.ca/teens/sti-1-2.aspx). 

Funding for this project was provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada

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