Sexual Health at Acadia
Several supports are available on campus and in the Acadia community to support and maintain sexual and reproductive health.
Sexual Health at Acadia: An Overview
Acadia Health Services
Acadia Health Services, located in the lower level of Dennis House, provides pregnancy and STI testing, prescriptions for birth control, subsidized emergency contraception, referrals to a gynecologist, and referrals for abortion. Visit the Student Health Services webpage to book for more information on the Dennis Clinic's hours, services, and online booking.
Contact Acadia Health Services:
Dennis Clinic, M-T-W 9am-12pm and 1:30-4pm; Th-F 9am-12pm
Peer Support Centre
The Peer Support Centre provides free condoms (regular, insertable, dental dam), lubricant, menstrual hygiene products, and pregnancy tests to students who may need them. Visit the Peer Support Centre page for more information.
Plan B is available to enrolled students through Acadia Health Services at a cost of $20. Students need to see a doctor as Plan B is a medication with precautions. Because its effect is time-sensitive, the student is advised to tell the receptionist that they are looking for Plan B so that they can be seen as soon as possible.
During the clinic closure during the summer semester, students enrolled in a summer program can purchase Plan B from a third party and Acadia Health Services will subsidize the difference in cost.
If you think you may be pregnant, Acadia has support available.
Acadia Health Services
Acadia Health Services offers pregnancy testing and subsidized emergency contraception. Book an appointment with Acadia Health Services online, or call the clinic directly to find out if an earlier time is available. Doctors are available to talk you through your options, and refer you to the appropriate services.
Visit the Student Health Services webpage for contact information and online booking.
The Peer Support Centre
The Peer Support Centre (SUB 503) stocks pregnancy tests on their sex supply shelf available for students who need them. If there appear to be none on the shelf, feel free to contact one of the Peer Support coordinators who may be able to get one for you.
The Peer Support coordinators offer support to students who need it. If you need more information about campus resources, want to talk about your options, or just need a listening ear, they would be happy to help.
Visit the Peer Support Centre page for their hours and contact information.
Sexual Health Educator
Acadia's Sexual Health Educator, Emma Van Rooyen, is available to offer support to students who think they may be pregnant. She can connect you with resources on and off campus that may be helpful to you.
Visit her Facebook page for her hours and contact information.
Remember: If you're unsure of your STI status, take precautions and communicate openly with sexual partners until tested.
Obtaining an STI Check
STI testing is available through Acadia Health Services at the Dennis Clinic. For all tests, students will need to see a doctor in order to be assigned to a medical professional in case of a positive result.
There is a self-swab option available for female-assigned reproductive systems. There are two swabs in the tube, but only one should be used and placed in the container for testing or the specimen may be rejected by the lab. If a student is uncomfortable with a self-swab, the doctor can also collect the sample.
For people with male-assigned reproductive systems, there is a separate test consisting only of a urine sample that the doctor transfers to a tube for testing.
Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, bacterial vaginosis and trichomonas are among the infections that can be tested for with a swab. Other infections such as HIV require a blood test. Students can talk to a doctor to find out what type of testing is appropriate for them.
Typically, a student would not be contacted for a negative result. For a positive result, the student would be asked to return to the clinic for treatment.
If the student has not been contacted with a result between 7 to 10 days, they can call or drop into the clinic to ask for their results. The lab would usually notify the doctor with a positive result before this time and the student should have been contacted. If the results have been signed off by the doctor, they are usually available to the student.
Students can speak to the doctor if they require further testing.
PAP tests are available at the clinic.
USPSTF PAP recommendations and guidelines here.
If you are considering terminating a pregnancy, resources and support are available.
Termination Options in Nova Scotia
In Nova Scotia, a pregnancy may be terminated by a medical or surgical abortion. The Nova Scotia Women's Choice Clinic, located in the Victorial General (QEII) in Halifax, provides compassionate counselling and accurate information to individuals seeking an abortion, as well as performs surgical and medical terminations.
To learn more about surgical and medical abortion options, read the NSHA Patient and Family Guides to Surgical Abortion and Medical Abortion, available on the Nova Scotia Women's Choice Clinic website.
A surgical abortion may be performed in Nova Scotia until 15 weeks, 6 days into a pregnancy. Bloodwork and an ultrasound will be required to confirm and date the pregnancy in preparation for the procedure. The province has recently eliminated the doctor referral policy, so surgical abortions may now be booked directly. A person seeking an abortion may self-refer to the Victoria General in Halifax, where the bloodwork, ultrasound, and termination can take place the same day.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority launched a hotline in February 2018 for people considering an abortion that provides information about the procedures and eliminates the need for a doctor's referral. This service is available at 1-833-352-0719 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The drug mifegymiso may be prescribed to terminate a pregnancy. A medical abortion with mifegymiso can terminate a pregnancy earlier in gestation than can surgical abortion. Call the Nova Scotia Health Authority at 1-833-352-0719 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays to access a medical abortion.