We want to wish folks a happy holidays, and let everyone know we will be “closed” from December 24 to January 3, 2021. We will “re-open” on January 4, 2021 for phone and email inquiries (as we are working from home due to COVID-19 restrictions).
During this time, if you need immediate support please contact the Distress Centre at 403-266-4357.
We hope you are taking care, staying safe, and have a wonderful holiday season. See you in 2021!
Many of our services have moved online. Please see below for more information. Keep checking back to this post as we continue to provide updates! We have also included some community resources that are offering services during this time.
Centre for Sexuality Services:
STI / HIV TESTING FOR MSM:
We relaunched our HIV and STI testing service in July 2020, with enhanced safety protocols for clients and staff. The clinic is by appointment only, please review our STI Testing page for full details.
PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING SERVICES:
During this time, we want to ensure that people have the support that they need. We will continue to offer counselling sessions by phone and online options. Please visit our Counselling page to find out how to connect with a counsellor: https://www.centreforsexuality.ca/programs-workshops/counselling/
RESOURCES AND REFERRALS:
We are still available to answer your sexual health and relationship questions. We can also provide you with resources and referrals. Please email us at email@example.com with your questions.
SAFER SEX SUPPLIES:
We have safer sex supplies (condoms and lubricants) and pregnancy tests on our front door. Please take what you need. The Centre 15 building is open to the public from 9am-5pm.
Centre for Sexuality Programs:
Our Training Centre is now offering online workshops for parents and professionals. Check the post for registration info on our online workshops and webinars.
CALGARY GSA NETWORK:
During our office closure, our GSA Network is still available to provide online supports for GSA teachers and youth looking for resources and connections to replace school-based GSAs while schools are closed – feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check our GSA Network page for updates, and join our next online “Cloud GSA” meetup — follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news!
July 12-18, 2020 ► Camp fYrefly was on the Web! Please visit our Camp fYrefly page for more info, and reach out to our Camp fYrefly Calgary coordinator at email@example.com with any questions.
Our WiseGuyz program is online for current program participants! For more information please contact the program manager, Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Girls’ program is online for current program participants! For more information please contact the program manager, Erin at email@example.com
RELATIONSHIP AND SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION:
An online version of the Relationship and Sexual Health Education Program is being developed. Do you run a youth program that could benefit from one of our online workshops? For more information please contact the program manager, Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org
GENDER CREATIVE FAMILIES NIGHT:
We’re moving our monthly meetings ONLINE! Check our program page for more info and to register.
Be sure to continue to check our “Get Involved” page for current opportunities to join our team including Practicum Placements, job postings and volunteer opportunities.
STI Testing and Reproductive Health:
STI CLINIC (Sheldon M. Chumir Centre):
The AHS STI Clinic is only seeing urgent cases and are no longer providing “wellness routine STI testing”. (see the section below for criteria of “urgent cases”). Anyone with any cold, flu, or fever symptoms, if they’ve travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, or if they’ve been in close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis will not be able to receive services. The clinic doesn’t have the proper equipment or measures in place to protect their staff from potential exposures, so people are asked to phone ahead: (403) 955-6700 if possible and to speak with a nurse before visiting the clinic, just to ensure they won’t be turned away.
They are also arranging a drive through service at the Urgent Care so that contacts who have made arrangements with a nurse can drive up to receive their medications.
SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CLINICS:
Effective March 18th 2020, Sexual & Reproductive Health Clinics will be limiting services to only those that are considered to be of an urgent nature. They are closing their reception area and using signage to ask clients to call upon arrival so that they can pre-screen them for the nature of their visit and COVID risk before entering the clinic. If the client does not have an urgent concern, they are asking them to return home and call at their convenience for a phone consult. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis and in keeping with AHS recommendations around COVID precautions www.ahs.ca/covid
The following are urgent SRH concerns:
- KNOWN STI and need treatment
- Contact to a known STI and need testing/treatment
- Symptoms of an STI
- Care following a recent sexual assault
- Birth control supply pick-up with prescription on file
- Pre-booked appointment (for PrEP appts or those that the nurse has pre-screened and then booked)
COUNSELLING SUPPORTS – GENERAL
Free crisis counseling available online or on the phone. https://www.distresscentre.com/
Calgary Counseling Centre
Available to provide counselling services online or on the phone. Counseling fees are based on a sliding scale. https://calgarycounselling.com/covid19
COUNSELING SUPPORTS – SEXUAL ABUSE / ASSAULT
Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA)
Free counselling services for those who have experienced sexual abuse or assault. http://www.calgarycasa.com/
LGBTQ2S+ SERVICES AND RESOURCES
See this PDF for a listing of lots of LGBTQ2S+ services and resources in our area: LGBTQ2S+ Resource List (COVID-19 Services)