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InclusHIV Care Clinic

The InclusHIV Care Clinic is an initiative developed by the Gilbert Centre, and the first of its kind in Central Ontario. The clinic is an essential hub supporting our diverse and continuously evolving sexual health landscape. We provide a range of health care services in a professional, discreet and approachable setting – led by two local doctors and their support team. The clinic offers appointment times with our doctors on Wednesday’s between 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please call 705-790-6748 or email clinic@gilbertcentre.ca to book your appointment.

 

SIMCOE MUSKOKA – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed a case of monkeypox in a person from the region. This individual lives and works mainly in Toronto where he most likely acquired the infection. He is currently isolating, and his close contacts have been notified.

 

“At this time the risk to the general population remains low, as we have not detected the virus circulating in Simcoe Muskoka, and it does not spread easily. Residents should not be concerned going about their routine everyday activities,” said Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Colin Lee. “The health unit continues to closely monitor the situation. We advise any person who develops symptoms or who has had contact with a suspected or known case of monkeypox to contact their healthcare provider immediately. Monkeypox can affect anyone of any age, gender or sexual orientation. Currently, monkeypox is predominantly affecting men who have sex with men (MSM), and the most likely way it is being passed on is through close, intimate contact due to the increased skin-to-skin contact.”

 

Monkeypox is a rare disease not common to North America. It spreads through close contact with a person infected with the virus, or their clothing or linens. It can enter the body through skin-to-skin contact with body fluids (i.e., saliva, lesions, blisters or rashes) and through mucus membranes or respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact (i.e., breathing, talking and coughing).

 

Symptoms typically develop five to 21 days after exposure and last from two to four weeks. They occur in two stages and may include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, headache, muscle, joint and back pain, and exhaustion. A rash lasting between 14 and 21 days may also appear on the face or extremities, as well as the hands, feet, mouth and genitals that later form scabs.

 

Anyone diagnosed with monkeypox must isolate until all scabs have fallen off and have healed, typically in two to four weeks. Vaccination is available for high-risk contacts of cases to prevent infection.

 

 

 

HIV TESTING

We offer free rapid HIV testing by appointment only, Monday – Friday from 9am – 4pm. Call 705-722-6778 x 108 or email clinic@gilbertcentre.ca to schedule your appointment today.

Undetectable = Untransmittable, “U=U or Undetectable equals Untransmittable means that someone living with HIV, who has access to effective antiretroviral treatment (ART) and care, can supress the levels of the virus to such low amounts that it becomes Undetectable through traditional lab work. When a person living with HIV attains a suppressed or Undetectable viral load, not only is their health improved but it also makes it impossible to pass on the HIV virus to sexual partners. The virus becomes Untransmittable.

For more information contact us at 705-722-6778 ext.108

Additional resources: https://www.preventionaccess.org/

https://www.catie.ca/en/practical-guides/power-undetectable

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