Office Closure Information in response to COVID-19

 

Given the most up to date information from Alberta Health Services, the Centre for Sexuality’s office will be closed as of March 18th and we are tentatively planning to re-open on April 14th. All Centre for Sexuality programs are also cancelled. We will provide regular updates about our closure, programs and services.

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLING SERVICES: During this time, we want to ensure that clients are supported. We will continue to offer counselling sessions by phone and skype. Please visit our Counselling page to find out how to connect with a counsellor:  https://www.centreforsexuality.ca/programs-workshops/counselling/

Please continue to practice safe hygiene and risk mitigation to keep everyone safe. More information from the Alberta Government can be found here:  https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

 

UPDATES:

TRAINING CENTRE:
Our Training Centre is now offering online professional development workshops. Check our blog post for more info and registration details.

 

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 hmutch@centreforsexuality.ca.

 

CAMP FYREFLY:
The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and campers is our priority and we are currently monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. We are evaluating the potential effects this situation may have on our ability to safely host Camp fYrefly. For now, we continue planning and accepting applications and will update our applicants and website as the situation evolves. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Camp fYrefly Calgary at hmutch@centreforsexuality.ca with any questions or concerns and thank you for your continued support. Visit our Camp fYrefly page for more info.

 

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 prescreen 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 considered to be 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 prescreened and then booked)