Our new phone number: 902-492-6900

We've changed our phone number! The SHNS Provincial Coordinator can now be reached at (902) 492-6900.

Under the Covers, Not Over the Hill!

SHNS is pleased to partner with the Nova Scotia Health Authority to host the fourth annual Geriatric Education Day for health care providers and others who work with older adults. Join us on Monday, October 2 at the Holiday Inn in Truro for "Under the Covers, not Over the HIll," a day-long educational event about sex, intimacy, and older adults.  Speakers will address topics such as:

Sexual Health Top 10: Our recommendations to promote sexual health in Nova Scotia

Right now, Nova Scotians are engaged in important conversations about our province's future - about our health, our education, our safety, the welfare of our youth, seniors, and most vulnerable citizens. Sexual health can and should be part of these conversations.

Be sure to check out the website sexualhealthmatters.ca to see a scrapbook of news about sexual health from the past two years. We hope this serves as a reminder of how issues relating to sexual health can affect our lives and our province. 

Join our Board of Directors!

Sexual Health Nova Scotia (SHNS) is currently recruiting volunteers to sit on the Board of Directors as members-at-large.

Sexual Health Nova Scotia (SHNS) is dedicated to promoting healthy sexuality throughout one’s lifespan, in an environment that respects and supports choice. SHNS is the representative body of the autonomous Sexual Health Centres located throughout Nova Scotia offering clinical services, supportive guidance, free safer sex supplies, community education, and more. 

Sexcellence Awards 2017: SHNS Honours Ruthie Patriquin & Cathie Penny

Sexual Health Nova Scotia (SHNS) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Sexcellence Awards.

Since 2008, SHNS has given the Sexcellence Award to individuals in Nova Scotia who support and promote outstanding work in the field of sexual health education. 

This year's "Sexcellent" recipients are: 
•    Ruthie Patriquin, outgoing executive director of the Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County (SHCCC)
•    Cathie Penny, former executive director of the Cape Breton Centre for Sexual Health (CBCSH)

Statement on Al-Rawi verdict: Clearly a drunk person cannot consent

Statements made by provincial court Judge Gregory Lenehan in his March 1 acquittal of Halifax taxi driver Bassam Al-Rawi have drawn attention to the misconceptions that still exist around sexual violence.

Sexual Health Nova Scotia is committed to working to end sexual violence in this province. This work rests on the firm belief that consent must be clearly given, it must be affirmative, and it must be ongoing.

#StormReads: 50 Books to Check Out for SRH Week

As more winter weather sweeps across the province, why not curl up indoors with a good book?

In celebration of Sexual & Reproductive Health Awareness Week 2017, we pulled together a list of our 50 Recommended Reads on everything to do with sex, gender, orientation, pleasure, politics, and safety.

It's not an exhaustive list - please let us know if you have more suggestions! - but it should be enough to keep you going through a few more snow days.

Abortion drug Mifegymiso faces additional restrictions

The campaign to reduce barriers to abortion access in Canada continues to face obstacles. A story published today in The Globe & Mail online reveals that the medical abortion drug Mifegymiso may not be covered by most provincial drug plans when it becomes available later this year.

Without drug coverage, people who wish to take Mifegymiso will have to pay anywhere from $270 to $300 out of pocket.

According to the Globe: