Sexual Health

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News from the FNQLHSSC

On March 27, 2017, the FNQLHSSC offered community interveners two videoconference workshops on sexual diversity. These workshops were facilitated by Cathy Gélinas and Mona Greenbaum, both educators at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ).

The workshops allowed for discussion of the different aspects of sexual diversity, the issues encountered by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited (LGBTQ2) people, as well as the skills needed to intervene with these individuals. Interveners also had the opportunity to share their personal experiences in First Nations communities.

After the workshops, participants expressed interest in having more training on sexual diversity. Information on training sessions offered by the INSPQ on sexual diversity can be found in the box below. If you would like to take part, please contact Linda Cléroux or by phone at 514-864-1600, ext. 3250.

Finally, please note that we are always available to answer your sexual health questions (e.g. training, materials and development of services).

Taking sexual diversity into account in our interventions


Two training sessions originally created in the early 1990s by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services to raise the awareness of interveners in this field around the realities of the homosexual population have been updated and have recently begun being offered again, free of charge. These updates deal mostly with the various facets of gender and sexual diversity and the needs of targeted populations. Their content is based, for the most part, on current Quebec and Canadian research. These new day-long French-language training sessions are entitled “Sexes, genres et orientations sexuelles : comprendre la diversité and “Adapter nos interventions aux réalités des personnes de la diversité sexuelle, de leur couple et de leur famille.” They are funded by the Quebec Ministry of Justice and offered in partnership with the INSPQ, who is responsible for their content and dissemination.

What's new?

Pixel: The sexual health of young adults in Quebec



The Du sexe et des chiffres project consists of five French-language video capsules that deconstruct young adults’ sexual-health myths. Each is countered with current Quebec data from the wide-reaching Pixel study of 3,000 young people aged 1725.

Available in spring 2017, these videos address a variety of topics, such as the age of first intercourse, the frequency of sexual relations, the number and types of young people’s partners, condoms, sexually transmitted infections, female contraception and sexual satisfaction.


The videos are designed to prompt discussion on the various ways young adults (aged 1725) experience their sexuality.



Confidentiality and sexual health services for young people

Espace ITSS suggests the following article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about confidentiality and young people’s use of sexual health services.


Sexting: Social media in adolescents’ intimate circles

In February 2017, Marie-Claude Drouin, scientific advisor to the INSPQ’s ITSS division, published a French-language article entitled “Les médias sociaux dans la sphère intime des adolescents,” in the Fédération des comités de parents du Québec’s magazine Action Parents, (Vol. 40, No. 3, p. 67), and adapted from the magazine The SexEducator (No. 20). Ms. Drouin’s article presents the case of 15-year-old Rose, who sends her boyfriend explicit text messages and a photo of herself in her underwear. The boyfriend then sends the photo to his best friend to impress him, and the friend sends it to another friend, and so on.



Focus on prevention – Spring 2017

Several topics are highlighted in this edition:

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