Providing excellence in compassionate care for individuals with unintended pregnancy decisions and related sexual health and wellness needs.


We do not offer, recommend, or refer for abortions or abortifacients, but are committed to offering accurate information about abortion, parenting and adoption as requested.

519-620-0204 (phone)   226-606-5991 (cell)

507-73 Water St. N., Cambridge, ON    N1R 7L6

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • White Instagram Icon

©2018 by Dawn Centre. Proudly created with

STI/STD Testing: Why it’s important & where to go

January 10, 2018


Depending on your age, grade, and/or many other factors, you may have heard the acronyms “STI” and “STD” but are unsure of what they mean. An STI stands for a Sexually Transmitted Infection, whereas an STD is a Sexually Transmitted Disease. Did you know that in 2016, 1,583 chlamydia cases* were reported in the Waterloo Region? STIs and STDs are different in the sense that infections have not evolved into diseases and therefore can be treated and cured with medication. While STDs can also be treated with medication, they cannot be cured and can shorten an individual’s lifespan.


Prior to and following being sexually active with a new partner, it is important to get tested for STIs/STDs and ask your partner to do the same. Why is this so critical? An individual can have an infection without knowing due to the fact that the most common symptom is none at all! Without proper treatment, an infection can develop into a disease. The sooner an infection is diagnosed, the faster it can be treated and cured.


Our Centre is committed to resourcing you with accurate information to help you make relational and sexual health choices that will keep you safe. Below are two locations in the Cambridge area where an individual can obtain free and confidential STI testing services.


Cambridge YMCA – Teen Drop-in Zone


258 Hespeler Road; 519.883.2267; Drop In:  Wednesdays at 3:30 – 6:30 pm


Public Health                                                                                                                                                   

150 Main Street, 1st Floor (rear of building); 519.883.2267; Drop In: Tuesdays at 1:30 pm – 6 pm; By Appointment: Tuesdays at 10 am – 1 pm, Wednesdays at 12 – 4 pm


For more information about Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases in Canada, please visit the following link:


*Statistic found on page 52 of the Infectious Diseases in Waterloo Region: Surveillance Report 2016

Please reload

Our Recent Posts

Student Question: What to do if you’re receiving or being asked for nudes or inappropriate pictures?

August 15, 2019

Student Question: How can you help a friend in an unhealthy/abusive relationship?

July 25, 2019

Maintaining Healthy Relationships

May 27, 2019

Please reload


Please reload