Hep-tonic

Hep-tonic is a cool new program that provides education to youth and adults on Hep C, HIV and other blood bourne infections. Looking at things from a harm reduction aspect, the Hep-tonic program strives to increase awareness of prevention and transmission of Hep C, as well as access to testing, care, treatment and referrals. Hep-tonic provides people with accurate information and education on; living well with Hep C and how to protect your own sexual health from Hep C and other sexually transmitted blood bourne infections.

Youth

Hep-tonic is a youth based program that offers increased access to resources, accurate information and education on prevention, transmission and living well with Hep C. The hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator and peers can teach you how to protect your own sexual health from Hep C, HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Blood Bourne infections (STBBI’s). We also provide one on one prevention education to increase awareness of transmission of Hep C. Hep-tonic is not strictly geared toward youth. If you are living with, think you might have, or at risk for Hep C we can lead you in the right direction.

 

Click below to learn more about a cool new way to have your questions answered.

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Street Outreach

With the help of our peer outreach workers, the Hep-tonic program will be doing street level outreach, providing people with education on how to make safe and healthy choices.

Workshops

Are you living with Hep C and would like to learn more about something?

Are you living with Hep C, or have gone through treatment and would like to share your personal story with others?

Do you think you may be at risk for Hep C, and would like to learn more about it, and how to make safer healthier choices?

Are you a service provider that would like to learn more about Hep C, transmission and prevention?

If you answered YES to any of these questions please contact Cassandra Sheppard, Hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator, at: 519-763-2255 ext 154, or by text at 519-803-3885, or by email at [email protected]

Hep-tonic Blog

  • Why Shawn and Gwen are Awesome!

    By Cassandra Sheppard, Hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator

    I stumbled upon Shawn and Gwen’s YouTube channel one day while at work. As soon as I clicked on their link I became an instant fan!

    Shawn and Gwen are a serodiscordent couple. Shawn is HIV positive, and Gwen is HIV negative. They met while both working in the field of HIV and sex education. There are many reasons I love them, one of the main reasons being that they are a perfect example of what I think humans should be like. They are the fight against stigma and discrimination, they are the example we should all be setting for each other. I have posted a few of their YouTube clips on my Facebook page in the hopes that people will watch them and get the picture that YES you can be in a loving, healthy, safe relationship with someone who is HIV positive, and NO you do not have to be afraid of contracting HIV (as long as you’re safe). They have many different videos surrounding safe sex, but the one that I’ve included here is one of my favorites. It’s my favorite because Gwen discusses why she is not scared of contracting HIV, and how she and Shawn have managed to have a safe healthy relationship for 13 years. From the looks of it these two are very much inlove, and will have a long healthy relationship ahead of them. I would like to spread the word and get these videos out there as much as possible. Humans could learn a thing or two from Shawn and Gwen.

  • Coldest Night

    By: Cassandra Sheppard, Hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator

     

     Something to do on Feb 23rd

    Right now, there are more than one hundred and fifty thousand Canadians experiencing homelessness - outside. They are men and women, families and kids. Businessmen, students, mothers. Some were abused, abandoned and ignored. Some were just left behind and broken by the recession, by their choices, by life.

    Like a snowflake, every one of their stories is unique. Like snowflakes, many will fall on the streets tonight - alone. And it's cold out there.

    Sometimes small things can add up to bigger things. Like when a lot of people come get together to help a few. That's big. That's what the coldest night of the year is: a little walk for a big problem. It's a crowd of people stepping out into the cold night to raise money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in our community. When we join together to help, we can make a big difference.

    More info here 

  • NoHomophobes.com

    by Cassandra Sheppard, Hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator

     

    So I came accross this website called Nohomophobes.com.  This website that not only tracks certain homophobic phrases on Twitter, but also shows the people that are tweeting it. I must say, the first thing I thought when I saw this site is, "the numbers are extremely overwhelming". I could not believe that people still talk this way.

    I'm pretty sure that if you click on the people that are tweeting these homphobic remarks, you will be able to retweet a response.

    Wouldn't it be cool if a bunch of people just started tweeting back about how inappropriate the language they are using is? Something to think about.

     

  • Hepatitis C and Eating Healthy

     

    ACG, Sanguen and the Guelph Community Health Centre are teaming up to deliver a workshop to those who are living with Hepatitis C. Whether you are going through treatment, thinking about treatment, or not thinking about it at all, you're welcome to join us. We have enough space for about 20 ppl; therefore, space is limited. You must register to be able to attend so please contact Cassandra Sheppard at 519-763-2255 ext 154, or by email at: [email protected], or contact Estera Brudek at: 519-498-0339, or by email at: [email protected] There will be a yummy meal provided, and who doesn't like free food? I know I do! Registration closes on November 28th and spaces will fill up fast! Don't miss out in your chance to attend this amazing workshop. Please see attached flyer or contact us for more details. See you there!

     

    Cassandra Sheppard,

    Hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator

  • Downtown 5K

    ACG was a team inside of a team this past Saturday for the Downtown 5K run. It was so great to see so many people come together to run 5K for the Strengthening Families program of the Guelph Community Health Centre. The ACG staff was part of the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy team.

    Since I hadn’t trained much for this, I stopped to walk occasionally to catch my breath. I watched my 10 year old daughter run farther and farther ahead of me, but I encouraged her to because she told me she was going to try and run the whole thing.

    The first 4 kilometers felt like they went on FOREVER! By the last kilometer I said to myself, “I am not going to walk anymore”, and I didn’t! I pushed myself to jog the entire last kilometer (it felt like it was never going to end!). When I saw the finish line I decided to go as fast as my body would let me. I saw my co-workers and friends at the sidelines cheering me on. I pushed myself to run even though I could barely feel my legs and I felt like was going to either faint or throw up. I saw the counter at the finish line counting up 34:53…34:54…34:55. I knew that I had to cross the finish line before those numbers hit 35:00.

    I did it!! My time was 34:56 which isn’t too bad considering I stopped training in August. I sat down to try and catch my breath, and one of Guelph’s wonderful caring youth came to my aid. He brought me orange slices to suck on and I appreciated it because it really did help.

    After I caught my breath, I had an incredible feeling of accomplishment run through me, and I knew that I could do this again. Next year I will train harder, and I will beat my time, because I know that I can. I am so proud of everyone that did this run, including myself, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.

    My daughter ended up finishing with a time of just over 33 minutes. I'm so proud of her because she set her mind to something and she stuck it out. She jogged the entire 5k, and that was her goal.

    The moral of the story (and it may sound corny, but it’s true!). You can do just about anything if you put your mind to it, even if your body is telling you NO. And when you’ve accomplished your goal, you will feel really really good about yourself, I sure did!

     

    Cassandra Sheppard,
    Hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator

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  • Making the Transition

    By Don't Panic

    Being a street kid in Guelph was a very unique experience.  It’s hard to explain to someone who wasn’t there for it all.  The most amazing thing to me was the intense sense of community between all of us.  There was usually someone there to talk to, people looking out for and protecting each other, people that understood your feelings.  Sure, there was dysfunction in our relationships, but with substance use and mental health and everyone’s own issues surrounding family, that was to be expected.  When I decided that I wanted to change my life there was no shortage of people that wanted to help.  The support I received from counsellors and agencies was unbelievable.  There were people that were enthusiastic and dedicated to helping me make changes to my life.  It took some time, and it wasn’t easy, but eventually I had a place to live and a job that paid my bills.  There were opportunities for me to work on my mental health and substance abuse issues, and even opportunities to give back to my community.  I was amazed by what people at service agencies did for me, and it inspired me to become a social worker someday.  I kept working and volunteering for awhile, just enjoying the stability and financial comfort that employment provided me.  I loved my job but eventually I knew that it was time to move on. 

    When I first got to college, culture shock hit me like a ton of bricks.  It has been the most bittersweet thing I have ever experienced.  I am very happy to be immersed in the material, to be learning about things that I am passionate about, but sitting in class all day has proven to be a challenge.  I am lucky to have such a strong support circle to help me through the times when I am lonely, or when I don’t think I’m smart enough to finish.  I have learned so much about the people I want to serve, and learned many skills that will help me serve them.  I think that being a “lived experience” student has given me a different perspective on the whole idea of marginalization and justice, and I hope that my perspective will allow me to reach people and connect with them. 

    The most important thing that has rung true since I’ve started is the value of empowerment.  Empowerment encourages independence and leaves dignity intact.  Giving someone the tools or skills to do something is so much more valuable than doing it for them, taking away their opportunity for growth. 

  • I Have Started a New Life-Part 2

    I believe people take youth for granted. I believe there are so many youth out there going through hard things that most people will never understand, even if they once went through it themselves. The mind of an adolescent is full of things that most adults once knew inside also, but have now forgotten. Like an infant that cries when it has a need that must be fulfilled, the adolescent mind will long for some form of fulfilment. The problem is- the needs of these kids are most often times not met. Many teenagers have creativity inside their heads, a passion, a love, which many adults have succeeded in repressing upon their entry into the adult world in order to fit into modern-day society.

    I believe what most people forget is that adolescents do not “rebel” because they are failures at becoming adults and “growing up”. Most teenagers have passions and fire in their soul that they do not know how to positively express. It is an internal power with a great lack of “language” to speak about their power. They are not some sort of failure at being “normal”, in fact, most “street kids” have more active and creative imaginations than the average person. They choose to not participate in the corporate warfare that is most people’s normal lives because they do not see it fit. They see a better way of life.

    The fact is- many of these youth do not get to engage their imaginations in positive and essential life work because many street kids don’t have good home lives. They lack the stones at the bottom necessary to climb their way up. Many of them lack financial or educational resources to give them the essential “language” they need to proceed and be successful in their visions. Most are constantly reminded of their misbehaviour, their amoralism, their failure, their inability to fit in, and their unlikelihood to be successful.

    In all my years of struggles as a youth the thing that really pushed me forward was a small few who believed in me, that gave me the little ounce of courage I needed to see my vision as a reality. All the “direction” and “discipline” in the world could not have changed me, but would only result in alienating and estranging me from society further. What I needed was time. I needed time to accept myself as who I was as a member of society. Not a failure member at this kind of society, but a potential member of a better society; a society which I could not only be a part of, but that I could help create, build, and fight for.

    There will always be street kids because there will always be creative minds that refuse to conform to something they see as unfit, and there will always be people there to suppress them. The great part about this is realising that there are creative minds out there who are simply being stunted by labels and inequalities in society. My breakthrough really occurred over a period of time I spent discovering myself after high school. I realised that I didn’t want to be a social worker because I wanted to “help people”. These people are not sick and they do not need to be cured. Most of these kids will deal with people their whole lives who only want them to “get better” so they can once again become economic participants in our capitalist society. When really, what these kids really need is get the resources they need to get back on their feet so they can unleash to the world what is in their notebooks.

    It has taken me a long time to get to this place of self- assurity. I no longer get down on myself for being different from most people. In fact, I thank my lucky stars for it. What I have realised is that I have a voice. I have experience. I have ideas. After enduring many hardships in adolescence, I have gotten myself to the point where I have freed myself from society trying to clip my wings by telling me I wasn’t normal because I wasn’t like most people. Something I once saw as my biggest flaw has now become my greatest source of inner power.

    I never saw myself in university, EVER. But here I am. I love what I am learning about. Every day I am so grateful for my journey and the people who have helped me along the way. I feel like of all my crazy thoughts and emotions, my education is what will give me the “language” for the things I need to do. My education will provide the backbone for the body of ideas in me that is slowly getting stronger.

    I would just like to close with a thought. Street kids are not street kids. They are not social inadequates. They are not bums. They are not lazy junkies. They are humans. Not only that- but they are humans with big brilliant brains that most of us cannot understand. They do not need a magical emotional prescription that will return them to normality. They need resources. They need homes. They need support. They need their health. They need love. They need people to stop trying to put them into boxes. They need these things so that they can enter the world at their strongest and most vibrant so they can inspire the rest of us to make some serious change. We need them crazy and wonderful, just as they are.

     

    Dicolemonade

  • I Have Started a New Life-Part 1

    “I have started a new life”, I think to myself sometimes when I look outside the window of my new apartment. At times I feel it is something I say to remind myself that I moved away from Guelph for a reason. There are days I feel estranged from this new environment. I feel small and insignificant here, but there is almost a power in that. The power of the blank face- nobody knows me and I don’t know anybody. The possibilities are endless. At least that’s what I’d like to think.

    Years ago I was in a very different place than I am now; mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, the list goes on and on. I never thought I would be here. Now, before people start fantasizing about my ritzy new life in the big city, I would like to set the record straight. Where I live is not all that fancy. I live in an apartment above an old pub and a laundry mat. The drawers in the kitchen are wonky and won’t close properly. The plaster around the windows is peeling, the floor upstairs is cracked and damaged from all the footsteps of tenants past and present. But to me- it is a palace.

    It’s amazing how things can change. I have a very clear memory of an argument my mother and I were having one morning. I was a young woman quickly developing into something my parents hated at a rate they couldn’t control or understand. I had skipped school that day and decided to stay in bed and draw in my journal- two of my favorite things to do at that time. I remember her asking me with arms crossed, “and what exactly do you think is going to happen if you drop out of high school?! What exactly do you plan on doing with your life?!” to which I responded “I don’t care”. This, of course, is a sentence teenagers will use regularly throughout their time in adolescence. This time I really meant it. I truly didn’t care. I didn’t care what became of me, I didn’t care where I ended up, I didn’t care if I finished school, I didn’t care where I lived, I didn’t care who was around me, I didn’t care if I did enough drugs to kill me. Eventually, I ended up being homeless and even then, I didn’t care. In fact- there really wasn’t anything I cared about in the whole world. I thought that’s how I felt at least. That’s usually what people in positions of authority would tell me. In retrospect, I realise how untrue it really was.

    I had such intense emotions and feelings about life and no positive outlet for any of it. My home life consisted of a series of wounds that I wasn’t ready to face. There were so many places in my life where I felt there were burdens too great to carry, and vulnerabilities too much to bare. These feelings were in combination with a great feeling of loneliness. I didn’t understand high school; I didn’t understand the social aspect of a place that seemed like prison to me. I hated all my peers. I felt so different from everyone. I felt so alone. They all seemed so happy and normal, two words I would never affiliate myself with at that time. Anytime that I did spend at school, was mostly spent with my nose in my notebook. I would write things: poetry, stories, and lyrics. I would draw in a book I had as well, glue pictures from magazines, if I ever saw an advertisement that I thought was interesting or beautiful, I would take it to add to my collection.

    What I didn’t know then that I know now is that every single thing that was a part of me went into that notebook for a reason. It was all the things I knew inside but didn’t know how to feel. Once I learned how to feel those things, I wanted to learn how to say them. Once I knew how to say them, I wanted to learn how to do them. Once I learned how do them, I wanted to learn how I could fight for them.

     

    To be continued…

    By: Discolemonade


  • My First Testing Experience Pt. 2

    The three of us sat in the chairs staring at the dish of chemicals- waiting for it to change. It was only a few moments but it felt like a lifetime. The air was still and silent. Finally, after what felt like forever, the chemicals changed to a colour that worked in my favour. I was in the clear. My body was free of HIV antibodies, which is what your body begins to produce once exposed to the HIV virus. I knew that if I HAD been exposed, it would have been well over three months ago (there is a three-month window period where you can test negative for antibodies even if your body does contain the virus), so I felt safe. I could finally exhale. After months and months of worrying and putting this off, it felt so good to finally get it over with.

    Next were the Hep A and C tests, as well as the Syphilis test. Luckily they can do it all in one go. It is your standard blood test where they take a small vile of blood and send it to a lab. You get your results in a week or two. It was slightly triggering for me seeing her wrap the blue rubber strap around my arm. My mind flashed back to half a year ago.

    I was in the bedroom I was sharing with my boyfriend at the time. We had lived together for almost a year now. I threw on one of his big comfy sweaters (boy sweaters are the best) and casually rested my hands inside the pockets. My hand clutched around what I had felt inside the right pocket. My heart stopped as I felt my way around the rubbery strap inside and pulled it out. It was that strap, that same blue rubber strap that can be used for one thing- and one thing only. That was the moment I was forced to come to terms with something I had suspected deep down, but didn’t want to believe for a long time.

    It was ironic to me in that moment that that little blue strap had such significance in the events that were to come in the next year of my life. The blue strap- the thing he had hidden from me for so long. The blue strap- what had made me realize I was in a committed relationship with somebody who was an intravenous drug user. The blue strap- something that can help intravenous drug users more safely find a vein to prevent themselves from poking the wrong spot and getting an infection or blister, something I believe in and stand for. The blue strap- which was now being fastened around my arm as part of the process in getting tested for viruses I could be at risk for. The blue strap- which had put me at risk because I was having unprotected sex with somebody who was using needles and I didn’t know it, until I found the blue strap.

    When I left the nurse’s office, I walked home with a fresh lit cigarette to keep me company. My mind wandered to all of the individuals who hadn’t gotten results as favorable as mine. I thought about that tense moment, waiting for the chemicals to change, and all the wild things that were running through my head of what I would do if I tested positive. I couldn’t help but feel sad for people less fortunate than I. Who, in that moment, had so much MORE to worry about than I did. Those who were not only worried about their test results, but on top of that had to worry about when they were going to eat next, or where they were going to sleep that night, or worry about their children that they were struggling to provide for. I can’t imagine the stress that this could put on someone’s life, not to mention all the judgment, stigma, and mistreatment by society. I can’t imagine the loneliness and panic of those who test positive who don’t have a strong support system. My heart goes out to all those people and I couldn’t be more thankful and grateful for what programs are provided in this community to try to provide support for those who need it. It is not perfect, but we have come a long way from the time when these viruses started.

    I would like to take this moment to stress how important I think it is to be honest with your sexual partners about your life. If you have had unprotected sex in the past and haven’t been tested recently, I think you should tell them. If you are an intravenous drug user, I think you should tell them. If you have many sexual partners and don’t always use condoms, I think you should tell them. I think It is the most selfless thing a person can do to overcome the fear of judgment in hopes of giving someone else the chance to protect themselves sexually. Every person has the right to make their own decisions. You have the decision to have sex and use drugs how you want, whenever you want, with whoever you want. Don’t take away someone else’s choice to decide for themselves. And- don’t always let someone else make the call. It is important to take control of your own sexual health and not always rely on others to be honest. Wear condoms. Don’t share supplies (needles, crack pipes, etc.). Ask your partners about their sexual history and be open about your own, too - safer sex is mutual responsibility. Get tested between partners. If you are an intravenous drug user, get tested every three months and be honest with your sexual partners about your lifestyle.

    By: Discolemonade

  • My First Testing Experience

     

    By: Discolemonade

    If I had of known what the day was going to bring to me that day, my emotions when I woke up in the morning may have been quite different than what they were. When I woke up I felt bright and energetic. I was only slightly annoyed that it still seemed to be freezing out despite the days on the calendar swiftly breezing by.

    Now, before I begin, I feel I must give a little bit of background. I had been meaning to get tested for quite awhile now. One might ask why I waited so long and to that, I’m afraid I couldn’t give a straight answer. Was it that it was just simply inconvenient? Was it that I didn’t think I was at risk? Was it that I didn’t know exactly what to expect?

    I think a very big part of it was that deep down I was terrified of what I might find if I did get tested. I would like to say that I was above this and knew to get tested right away, regardless of my fears, because we all know it is better to know sooner rather than later. But, for the sake of honestly, I must tell the truth here. Frankly, it was easier not to know! It was much easier to blissfully go through life talking yourself into the fact that you “probably didn’t have it”.

    The problem is, even though with all the facts I thought I was ok, in the end I still really didn’t know. At any point it isn’t just about finding out so you can get treatment for something like HIV or Hep C immediately, but it is crucial for individuals to get tested so that it will stop those people from unknowingly passing the virus onto someone else, and so the cycle continues.

    As an outreach worker, a huge part of what I do is to encourage others to get tested! The fact that I hadn’t been tested myself had been weighing on my conscience for quite some time now. I knew I was going to do it, but the question was just when and how.

    Luckily, when I went into Our Place (40 Baker St.) that day, I had almost forgotten that recently there had been a nurse from Public Health coming in on Mondays to do testing for some things including HIV and the Hep ABCs (as well as other sexuality transmitted infections). It was a lucky coincidence that I was there that day. I had forgotten until a good friend of mine came from around the back corner with a big grin on his face yelling “I’m clean, I’m clean!” and throwing his hands up in the air. I immediately knew what he meant, and my hands already began to get clammy. I knew this would be the moment that I had to do what I had been putting off for much too long already.

    I asked my friend if he was finished and if I could go in next. He told me that I could go and immediately, a girlfriend of mine offered to come along for moral support, if I was comfortable of course. She was someone I had known for a long time and somebody I trusted. Although I am mostly the kind of person who prefers to do things alone, in that moment I felt incredibly grateful to have somebody there holding my hand, literally.

    I entered a small room with a small table and three chairs. The nurse sat in one and I sat down across from her as my friend took her seat next to me. I was more nervous than I thought I would be. I answered a few routine questions, gave her my name etc. She asked me if I had any reason to believe I could be at risk. I answered yes. My mind immediately flew to all of the times I hadn’t been as careful as I should have been. “What’s done is done and now it’s up to fate..” I told myself.

    I decided to get tested for Hep A, B, C, HIV, and Syphilis. Those were tests I could do by blood, and even though I only really wanted to get tested for Hep C and HIV, I figured while I was here I may as well throw em’ all in! There were two tests, the first was a rapid test for HIV. I can’t remember the exact explanation of exactly how it works. (If you wanted to find out for sure, go down and get tested yourself and I’m sure the nurse would be more than happy to explain it to you! Hehe).

    In this rapid HIV test, the nurse pricked my index finger at the top with a small needle. It didn’t hurt. She then began a technique called “milking” in which she slowly massaged my finger in an upwards motion, collecting the blood with a small dropper. It was not a stressful process at all. She then dropped a bit of my blood into a small dish that was filled with a certain kind of chemical. I can’t remember if it changed colors or if it was a “two dots appear” kind of deal, but I remember it being similar to a pregnancy test. If one thing happens, you’re good, if the other thing happens, you’re whole world is about to get rocked.

     

    Discolemonade 


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  • Why Do I Bleed During Intercourse?

    If I have sex for the first time and bleed, then have sex again, why do I still bleed?

    Sometimes people bleed during intercourse, especially if it is their first time. If bleeding continues and it is causing a concern, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your doctor, or your local sexual health clinic.

    The number to access the Sexual Health Clinic in Guelph/Wellington is 1-800-265-7293. The extension differs depending on which town you’re from. Here are a few: Fergus - 5666,
    Guelph - 4715, Mount Forest - 7616.

    Please remember that in order to protect yourself from STIs, such as HIV you must use protection. Condoms for intercourse and penile oral sex; and a dental dam or a condom that is cut open for vaginal oral sex.

    Click here for instructions on how to properly put on a condom.

    Click here for more information on sexual health

     Cassandra Sheppard,
    Hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator


  • Do I Have to Pay for an HIV Test?

                                                                

    Some people think that you may need to pay for an HIV test. The answer to that question is NO; an HIV test is free in Canada. In fact the AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County provides free anonymous rapid testing every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30pm-3:00pm.Learn more about where your nearest testing location is by clicking here.

     

    Keep visiting for more Q and A from Text-tonic!

    Cassandra Sheppard
    Hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator

  • How do I ask my partner to get an HIV test if they do not want one?

    Although you cannot force someone to get an HIV test if they do not want one, here are some tips you can use to suggest your partner get one.

     

     

    1. Lets say that you have already gotten an HIV test, and you would like your partner to get one too. One way to suggest it is to tell them that you have already been tested and you would like them to do the same.

    2. Suggest that you go together. The AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County does anonymous (you do not have to give your name)/rapid (you will get your results within minutes) testing every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, no appointment necessary. Click here for places you can get tested. It may help make your partner feel more comfortable, knowing that you are going with them. Even if you’ve already had an HIV test, it’s okay to get tested again.

    It’s important to know that you have every right to insist on a condom, or refuse sex to protect your sexual health. Remember, this is your body, your body only, and this is the only body you have. It belongs to you and you are allowed to do whatever you have to do to take care of it. If your partner continues to refuse to take an HIV test, you cannot force them. The best thing you can do is to take steps to protect your own sexual health. Click here for instructions on how to put on a condom.

    Keep visiting for more Q and A from Text-tonic!

     

    Cassandra Sheppard
    Hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator

      

  • Welcome to Text-tonic!

      Introducing the Text-tonic blog section.The questions that you have sent by text to the HepatitisOutreach Coordinator have been used to generate the Text-tonic blog. Please check back often for answers to your questions on safer drug use, harm reduction, Hep C, HIV, STIs Sexual/Gender Identity and/or Sexual Health. This is where you'll find a more in depth answer to your questions. And don't forget......... the Text-tonic number is 519-803-3885 if you have a question.

    Cassandra Sheppard,

    Hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator

             

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