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Getting Tested

Don’t be ashamed about getting tested for STIs. You may have an STI and not even know you’re infected. So could your new partner. All sexually active guys and girls need to get tested if they are having sex with a new partner. STI testing in the Yukon is free and confidential.

Testing Locations

Yukon Sexual Health Clinic - located in Whitehorse Medical Clinic Building
406 Lambert Street, Whitehorse, (867) 393-6635

Our clinic is open to youth, men, and women who want to:

  • learn about general sexual health, options about birth control and pregnancy
  • access low-cost birth control and supplies
  • receive STI testing and treatment

Tuesday: 12:30pm - 4:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm (drop-in Tuesday from 5-7pm)
Wednesday: 9:00am-12 noon and 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/YSHCwhitehorse

Yukon Communicable Disease Control

  • Yukon Communicable Disease Control (YCDC),
    #4 Hospital Road, Whitehorse. 
    Mon to Fri, 
    appointments from 8:30 am to noon, 
    drop-in clinic from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm. 
    (867) 667-8323 or 1-800-661-0408 extension 8323.
  • YCDC offers STI testing and treatment, as well as emergency birth control.
  • Services at YCDC are free and confidential.

Community Health Centres

  • Beaver Creek (867) 862-4444
  • Carcross (867) 821-4444
  • Carmacks (867) 863-4444
  • Dawson City (867) 993-4444
  • Destruction Bay (867) 841-4444
  • Faro (867) 994-4444
  • Haines Junction (867) 634-4444
  • Mayo (867) 996-4444
  • Old Crow (867) 966-4444
  • Pelly Crossing (867) 537-4444
  • Ross River (867) 969-4444
  • Teslin (867) 390-4444
  • Watson Lake (867) 536-7483

Clinics

Klondyke Medical Clinic, 302 Ogilvie St. Whitehorse, (867) 668-4046

Taiga Clinic, 210 Elliott St. Whitehorse, (867) 456-4362

Family Practice Unit, 102–402 Hanson St. Whitehorse, (867) 667-6421

Pine Medical Clinic, 5110 5th Ave. Whitehorse, (867) 668-4353

Whitehorse Medical Services Ltd. 406 Lambert St. Whitehorse, (867) 393-6600

River Valley Medical Clinic, 106 Lambert St. Whitehorse, (867) 667-6491

Parhelion Medical Services, 403 8th St. North, Watson Lake, (867) 536-2565

Dawson City Medical Clinic, 501 6th Ave. Dawson, (867) 993-5744

Street Clinics

Blood Ties Four Directions Centre Drop-in and Street Clinic - offers testing for HIV and Hepatitis C
307 Strickland St. Whitehorse, (867) 633-2437 or 1-877-333-2437.
Drop-in Clinic is Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Why get tested?

Get it done now

Getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have an STI. Finding out early if you have an STI like syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea is very important to your long-term health and well-being. If you are sexual with a new partner, get tested.

Be open and honest

When you go for STI testing, it is important to be completely honest with your nurse or doctor. Remember, you’re in a safe and confidential environment when you get tested, so don’t be afraid to tell the truth about your number of sex partners and any unsafe sexual activity you’ve participated in. If you have any questions about sex, your health care provider is a great person to ask. Take this opportunity to talk with a doctor or nurse about safer sex practises.

Exam needed

The next step on STI testing is usually a physical exam. Your nurse or doctor will do a quick overall examination to look for any visible signs of infection. Special attention will be given to areas where infection is most likely to occur: genitals, skin and throat. Tell your nurse or doctor if anal sex (oral or intercourse) is part of your sexual history. There are four types of tests used to diagnose STIs:

  1. Blood Tests involve taking a small amount of blood with a needle and sending it to a lab for analysis. Hepatitis, HIV and Syphilis are all STIs that can be  diagnosed by a blood test.
  2. Urine Testing is a simple and painless procedure. You’ll simply pee into a small container and give it to your health care provider or lab technician. You can be tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea with a urine test.
  3. Visual Testing can be used to diagnose Genital Warts, Pubic lice (crabs) and Scabies.
  4. Swab Testing uses a cotton-tipped swab that is dipped or smeared into fluids, discharges or secretions from the genitals, anus, throat and eyes (if they are symptomatic). The swab is then sent to a lab for analysis. Swab tests are used to diagnose Chlamydia (in females), Gonorrhea (in females), Herpes and Trichomonas.