Your health care provider may be required to report certain STIs (see below) to the public health department and will advise you to contact your current and previous partner or partners if you feel comfortable and safe doing so yourself. Your parents will not be contacted.
If you choose not to notify your partner or partners, then the following process will happen:
- You will be contacted by a public health worker who will ask for the names and contact info of your current and past sex partners.
- Your current and past sex partners will be contacted and told that they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for an STI.
- Your name will not be provided.
This list varies across Canada. Here is a list of infections that are reportable to Toronto Public Health:
Many health clinics, including Planned Parenthood Toronto [Link], offer anonymous HIV tests. This means that they will not share the results with anyone but you and the test results cannot be traced to you. You do not have to give your address, phone number, or health card number.
If you have questions about this topic, feel free to contact one of our peer educators. [Link]