Health Centre Services Offered
BIRTH CONTROL & FAMILY PLANNING (ALL METHODS)
Contraceptives or family planning allows men and women to prevent pregnancy and plan the timing of and delay pregnancy. A healthcare provider at a health centre will help you learn about the methods of contraceptives available to you, including how effective they are, what the potential side effects are, and how soon you will be able to have children if you stop using them. Once you choose a method, the nurse or doctor can provide it to you!
Dual protection means using 2 contraceptives (known as birth control or family planning) simultaneously prevent a pregnancy and a sexually transmitted disease. A healthcare provider can help you decide which two are best for you and provide you with the method!
GENERAL HEALTH CARE
If you need a malaria test, have a skin infection, or want to learn how to keep your teeth clean, a healthcare provider is here to help!
HIV/AIDS VOLUNTARY TESTING & TREATMENT
Voluntary counselling and testing is a confidential, private discussion between a client and the healthcare provider. The healthcare provider will talk to you about the HIV/AIDS virus, what to expect during a test, and what options are available for treatment if the test is positive. The test will be conducted only if you are comfortable. Post-test counselling is offered to individuals who are tested negative or positive for HIV
INFORMATION & COUNSELING ON ADOLESCENT AND YOUTH HEALTH CONCERNS
The time during puberty and adolescence is a road everyone travels, and it certainly has its bumps. It can be an amazing time, but everyone has questions. At clinics that offer this service, you can learn more about puberty, menstruation, wet dreams, healthy relationships, safe sex, and more.
PAP SMEAR AND FEMALE HEALTH CARE
A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix — the lower, narrow end of your uterus that's at the top of your vagina. Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STDS) TESTING AND TREATMENT
If you think you may have been exposed to an infection, getting tested for a sexually transmitted diseases is a smart way to protect your health. Sometimes a diagnosis can be made based on your symptoms and/or a physical exam. Other times, a healthcare provider may need to take a blood or urine sample. You and a healthcare provider will decide what STD tests make the most sense for you after talking about your health and lifestyle.
Pregnancy tests are usually simple urine tests that show if a woman is pregnant. They test for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is released when a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. HCG is only found in a woman's body if she is pregnant. You can receive your results from a healthcare provider almost immediately.
Maternity care includes prenatal care for the baby and mother from the visit when a woman knows she is pregnant, to labor and delivery, and postpartum care for up to six weeks after the birth of the child and treatment of complications. A healthcare provider will help you understand how to have the healthiest pregnancy possible for you and your baby.
Clinics that offer referrals can help you find a doctor or hospital that provides a service that the clinic does not. This could be if you need a complicated surgery, or need to see a special doctor.