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Dr. Renee Lanctot brings a fresh approach to viewing and dealing with sexual issues affecting women and couples. She is easy to talk to, and is not encumbered by taboos. Her direct and to the point approach helps desensitize sexual discussions and makes people more comfortable when sharing personal aspects of their lives.
Dr. Renee Lanctot has an extensive knowledge of the human body. She initially trained in Kinesiology, focusing on body movement and brain function. She then achieved a Doctorate in Human Sexuality in San Francisco. She has also completed her certification has a Sexual Health Educator from Options for Sexual Health.
I am well-versed in the Lifestyle, fetish and BDSM community. I can help individuals and couples navigate through issues arising from ethical non-monogamous relationship structures, including in the world of BDSM.
Tackling rising STI rates by taking on stigma
Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights
Last week, public health officials in Nova Scotia declared a syphilis outbreak after seeing a 60 per cent increase in cases from 2018 to 2019. Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea across Canada have spiked – particularly in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
As a country, we don’t know why STIs are on the rise. We can make educated guesses, but we don’t have the data necessary to pin it to a specific cause. It is because people are getting tested more often — or less often? Or due to a reduction in condom usage or poor sex education? Without accurate sexual health information tracked at the national level, it’s difficult to tell.
What we do know, though, is that the social stigma surrounding STIs — having them, getting tested for them, and even talking about them — persists. Young people have the highest reported STI rates in Canada, and yet, the sex ed they receive in school fails them by leaving out the information they need to live safe, healthy, and happy lives.
Most young people are still taught to feel embarrassed or ashamed about STIs in school — despite how common they are. The reality is that many people in Canada will have an STI in their lifetime. Framing our teaching about STIs in a way that makes it sound like they only happen to those who are irresponsible or “dirty” means that people — especially young people — avoid getting tested and shy away from talking to their partners about it.
In the face of rising STI rates, we need to change how we talk about sexual health