UTI/Urine Pregnancy Tests
UTIs are infections of the urinary tract, including the bladder, ureters, urethra, and kidneys. UTIs happen when there are bacteria in the urinary tract; they tend to be more common in the female urinary tract.
Urine tests, or urine cultures, can determine if there is an infection in the urinary tract. If you are concerned that you might have a UTI, you can see a physician at UHC. You will be required to provide a urine sample for testing before your visit with the physician.
Urine pregnancy tests can also be performed at UHC. A UHC nurse will test the urine and the results can then be interpreted by a UHC physician.
Pap Tests and Pelvic Exams
Pelvic exams, or internal exams, are performed to determine the health of the female reproductive organs. Pap testing may be a part of a pelvic exam, if it is required.
In Alberta, guidelines suggest getting your first Pap test at age 25 or 3 years after the first time you have intercourse — whichever comes later.
You can see any UHC physician for any questions relating to pelvic exams or Pap testing, or to get either of these exams done.
If you wish to see Dr. Tankel, the obstetrician-gynecologist, for either of these exams, please call UHC to book an appointment (check if you are eligible to see Dr. Tankel here).
HPV is the most common STI among Canadians. There are over 100 different strains of HPV with various side effects, including genital warts and cancer.
There are typically no symptoms associated with HPV. HPV can be passed through sexual contact, including: intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, and genital rubbing. Condoms may provide some form of protection against HPV, but vaccination (including the Gardasil-9 vaccine) offers the best protection against HPV.