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Sexual health in spotlight

“Beyond the Pill” is this year’s theme for the ninth-annual Sexual and Reproductive Health Day, taking place on Feb. 12 this year.

Public health nurses from the Northwestern Health Unit will be targeting high school-aged youth throughout the region during the weeks of Feb. 7 and 14.

Interactive booths will be set up in regional high schools, where students can find information on sexual and reproductive health.

They also can participate in a quiz where they can test their knowledge and enter a draw to win iTunes cards.

The “Beyond the Pill” campaign is designed to educate young people about all of the forms of birth control choices available.

NuvaRing, Mirena, Evra Patch, and Depo Provera are just a few of the safe, reliable options available, and offer freedom and convenience beyond taking a daily pill.

“It’s imperative that young men and women know the importance of birth control if they are currently, or are planning to become, sexually active” said Gillian Lunny, acting manager of the sexual health program at the Northwestern Health Unit.

“Having a variety of methods to choose from helps people make the choice that is right for them and their partner; a choice that they can adhere to,” she remarked.

The Northwestern Health Unit’s sexual health program offers confidential and non-judgmental sexual health clinical services.

Resources also are available for parents, teens, and teachers on sexual health and reproductive health programs.

For more information, visit www.nwhu.on.ca or www.havefunbesafe.ca, or contact your local health unit office.

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