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Know Your Risk

In Saskatchewan, routine HIV testing is recommended.

What is HIV?  Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system.
The immune system helps your body fight off infection.  Here are some facts about HIV:

 
  • At the end of 2014, the estimated number of persons living with HIV in Canada was between 63,400 and 87,600. It is estimated that 1 in every 5 Canadians infected with HIV has not been diagnosed.
 
  • HIV attacks your body's immune system, making it unable to fight certain illnesses. Only HIV can be spread, not AIDS.
 
 
  • If you are infected with HIV, you may develop mild flu-like symptoms 2 to 4 weeks after becoming infected. Common symptoms include fever, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, joint pain and swollen glands (lymph nodes). AIDS will eventually develop if you do not seek treatment for HIV infection. Starting treatment early for HIV can help you live a near-normal lifespan.
 
  • HIV is treatable. People living with HIV can have healthy lives, relationships and children. Medication can lower the amount of virus in the body.
 
  • Know your status so you can access treatment, protect your health, and that of your partner(s).  Get the facts. Protect yourself. Get tested. Talk to your partner(s).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 














 

Assess Your Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections:

Green Light (or essentially no-risk) behaviours include:
  • fantasizing, hugging and kissing
  • holding hands, shaking hands
  • masturbating yourself and using unshared sex toys
  • coughing, sneezing
  • using swimming pools and toilet seats
  • sharing lip gloss, cups, food, etc.
  • tattooing, piercing, etc with STERILIZED/NEW EQUIPMENT
     
 Yellow Light (or low-risk) behaviours include:
  • giving or receiving unprotected oral sex of all kinds (on penis, female genitals, or anus)
  • sharing sex toys with a new condom on them, or disinfecting them each time
  • sharing toothbrushes, razors, manicure or pedicure equipment
     
Red Light (or high-risk) behaviours include:
  • sharing ANY drug equipment (needles, spoons, cooker, water, filters, ties, pipes, straws, bills, etc.)
  • unprotected vaginal or anal sex
  • shared or unsterilized tattooing or piercing equipment
  • shared sex toys that were not disinfected or didn’t have a condom

Services and support visit:
HealthLine 811
AIDS Saskatoon 
Government of Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS website

For more information visit:
Health Canada
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE)
Sexuality and U
Canadian AIDS Society


 

Resources

601 Yorkton                                         
130 - 345 Broadway St. W.
SIGN Building, Yorkton          
306-783-1722                  

Turning Point Program
109 - 345 Broadway St. W.
SIGN Building, Yorkton
306-786-0637
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 4:00pm (Closed Noon to 1:00pm)

Walk In Clinic
398 Broadway Street West
Yorkton
Monday to Thursday
9:00am - 8:30pm
Friday
9:00 am to noon
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday & Sunday
1:00pm to 5:00pm

The Outlet Teen Centre
Boys and Girls Club of Yorkton
54 Smith St W, Yorkton
306-783-2582

SIGN Sexual Assault Program

345 Broadway St. W, Yorkton
306-783-9428
 
Mental Health and Addictions
306-786-0558
Toll Free 1-888-989-8444
Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
 
The Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868