This year the Canadian Sexual Health Federations, Sexual Health Reproductive Week theme is #heartyourparts. Reminding us, about the importance of our sexual health as part of your overall well being, and working together to build a stronger culture of healthier and happier sex positive individuals engaging in healthy sexual behaviours. Basically, we are human beings, and part of being healthy, is having a healthy sexuality.

We all express our sexuality in different ways. But we think that as long as it is informed and consensual (you know what it is and only “yes” means “yes”), then it deserves to be celebrated.

Being sexual active comes with responsibility. Only you can protect you. So using protection every time, and regular testing are ways of hearting your parts. So Respect Yourself. Protect Yourself, get tested, and #heartyourparts.

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Talk about sex? ACKWARRDDD…..

Having sex is sometime easier than talking about it. We NEED to talk about it, ya we know that. Every hour of every day , someone is contracting HIV, an no it’s not just in Africa. It is here in North America too.

Step 1: Expectations. For some people sex means we love each other and are dating, for some it is a Friday night and no we are not dating. Being on the same page, expecting the same thing. Another thing we can’t forget. Consent. Only yes, means yes. Setting boundaries for what YOU are comfortable with. Great, this means talking. Here are a few things that can help.

  • Talk at a convenient time. Not when you are drinking/high, or at work and busy.
  • Choose a neutral location, like coffee place, restaurant, park, where you both won’ be pressured.
  • Use “I”.  For example, “I would be more comfortable with a condom.”
  • Tell your partner that you are open o questions, and won’t be offended. And don’t be.
  • Be patient. Success doesn’t come from making someone do something. It means that you both have said what you think and feel respectfully and honestly and that you have both listened.
  • Get reliable information (so, not from the skatepark) that you need to protect yourself  (like this website) about whatever you need. Birth control and STIs for example. How it works, where you can get it, and testing.
  • Avoid making assumptions. This means ask open- ended questions. What do you think about waiting till after we graduate to have sex? Not When will you have sex with me?
  •  Ask for more information when you are unsure. Like, I think you said you want us to use both condoms and the pill? Is that right?
  • Avoid judging, labeling, blaming, threatening or bribing your partner.
  • Talk before you are intimate, or getting it on. In the heat of the moment, it is sometime hard to think straight.
  • Stick by your decision. Listen to your heart. It takes courage to do the right thing.

It’s your body, no one else’s. Respect yourself. Protect yourself.

Amanda Todd

The story of Amanda Todd, a 15 year-old girl who took her own life. Her death has made headlines around the globe. Her video has been viewed millions of times, and several people have posted clips in response. A Facebook group in her memory has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

This tragic event stopped everyone. Parents, teachers, students, everyone. It started a conversation that has desperately needed to happen, about young people, mental health, bullying and the internet.  But we are young people, and the last thing we want to hear is what to think, what to feel and how to deal.

Tragic as this situation is, what can we do to prevent it from happening again in our communities? Don’t stop the conversation; suicide isn’t something to be left in the dark. If you or someone you know talks about harming themselves, tell someone, don’t stop telling someone until someone helps. Ya, the person might be choked, and mad, but an alive, mad friend is better than a dead one.

Click here to learn more about suicide and what you can do. https://saferchoices.org/?s=suicide.

Respect Yourself. Protect Yourself

Gangnam Style-Open Condom Style

We think this is GREAT! Respect Yourself. Protect Yourself.





AIDS 2012

Maybe you watch the news, maybe you don’t. If you do you may have heard about the #AIDS2012 conference that was happening in Washington, and if you don’t watch the news, I just told you anyways.

Here is the scoop. HIV/AIDS, worldwide is one of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the greatest challenges facing the world. As the epidemic continues to expand, virtually no country in the world remains unaffected. There are about 39.5 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS in 2006 and 2.9 million people who died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2006, this epidemic has now claimed the lives of over 25 million people.

I know what you are thinking, I don’t live in Africa I live in Canada and Canada is a 1st world country that doesn’t have a problem. However, HIV/AIDS hits hardest in areas where economic and development challenges are greatest, like in Canada’s Aboriginal communities. Overall, in 2008, the HIV infection rate for Aboriginal people (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) was about 3.6 times higher than among other Canadians.

26% (or 1 out of 4 people) of people living with HIV in Canada are not aware of their HIV positive Status, scary hey? But since you are lucky enough to live in Canada, where testing, prevention, and treatment are FREE, you and your partner(s) should get tested and know your status. Check out how by clicking here (link to contact testing info). And since we live in Canada, what can we do to share the message?

Respect Yourself. Protect Yourself.

How far would you go to get noticed?

I stumbled across this questionnaire online at respect-yourself.ca about negative and positive attention and it made me think (scary hey). What kind of attention does my Facebook/twitter/instagram draw?

Online social networking is reality, it’s not going anywhere and it has created a whole new way of “marketing” ourselves, our likes, dislikes, interests, relationship status, religion, you name it, you can probably find it on Facebook.

We all like attention, in some way, and some more than others. But not all attention is positive. Be smart, use that brain in your head and ask yourself why am I receiving attention? Did I post a risky picture of myself in my bra? or was my status update making fun of someone? Just FYI, it is illegal to send out naked picture of yourself, and cyber bullying is punishable. By posting embarrassing pictures of your friends, make you look bad, not them. Would you want them to post an embarrassing picture of you? Respecting yourself also means respecting others.

The internet is not private. Parents, teachers, coaches, and even potential employers can see what you do. So think before you post. And remember that golden rule we all learned in Kindergarten, treat others how you want to be treated, it still holds true.

Respect yourself. Protect Yourself.

The age of Photo Shop

There is no denying that we are defiantly in the age of technology. Our cell phones are rarely more than an arm’s length away 24 hours a day. Cell phones are no longer just phones. Technology allows us to access anything or anyone at the touch of an “app”, text, or email away, within seconds. Let’s admit, if someone take longer than 10 minutes to reply, we find ourselves getting impatient. Technology has open doors to information instantly, created the explosion of social networking like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All of this technology has also created a ton of new issues for everyone to face.

How many times have you untagged yourself or demanded that photo’s be removed because you don’t like the way you look? Now, this magical technological program that allows almost anyone who can afford the $1000.00 program to be able to make them skinnier, remove their zits, fix the hair that is out of place all to look good. In thanks to Instagram, anyone can crop, blur, or add effects and make it look just right.

This is the technology age, and realistically it’s not going anywhere. The multibillion dollar advertisement industry knows this. Making star’s have unrealistic bodies, personal trainers, private chefs, and this fabulous technology to be able to further enhance their looks to even more unrealistic levels.

Bodies come in every shape, size and colour. Remember that. We are all individual; we need to strive to be healthy, daily physical activity, balanced diets, and healthy relationships.

So next time you see that perfect dress or shoe on a some super skinny model, remember that’s what it looks like with a little re-touching.

Respect Yourself. Protect Yourself.

Need a Lai?

Members from SCNN and the Northern Regional Health Authority STI Program set out, handing out lai’s. Not literally, but the Hawaiian kind, handing out safer sex packages and information at local establishments.

As health care professionals, we know that when people are under the influence of drugs and alcohol they are more likely to part take in higher risk behavior. For example, take having sex when drunk or high you are less likely to use a condom or other form of protection. So by making condoms and protection more accessible in these settings our goal is to make it as safe, but still as fun as possible.

See you next time!

Respect yourself. Protect Yourself.