We didn’t use condoms and are worried

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It isn't always easy to use condoms.  If we didn’t use condoms, or if the condom broke, we may want to think about…

  • Preventing Pregnancy: If we want to prevent pregnancy, we can take Plan B, the emergency contraceptive pill, as soon as possible and within 3 days of having sex without a condom.  In BC, Plan B is available for a small price at drug stores, and we don’t need a prescription.
  • Getting a Pregnancy Test: If we want to know if we’re pregnant, we can pick up an at-home pregnancy test at our local drug store. Results will be accurate within 14 days of having penis-in-vagina sex without a condom.
  • Preventing HIV: If we know or think that our partner is living with HIV, there is medication called post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) that we can take within 72 hours to reduce our chances of getting HIV. To get PEP in the Vancouver area, visit HIM's website.
  • Getting Tested for STIs: Sex without condoms puts us at risk of getting sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV and Hep C.

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YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!