Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Sexually Transmitted Infections

Teaching healthy sexuality includes arming your teen against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Many teens are not aware of STIs and their symptoms and effects.
They may underestimate their chances of contracting a disease or downplay the risks involved in unprotected sex. Knowledge is the key to counteracting this risky outlook.

Research the following STIs and share the information you find with your child. Talk about the types of contraception that will protect him or her from STIs.

  • Human Papilloma virus (HPV)
  • Chlamydia
  • Genital Herpes
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hepatitis B Virus
  • Gonorrhea
  • Trichomoniasis (Trich)
  • Syphilis

If your child has had unprotected sex, arrange for a visit with the doctor of your teen’s choice to check for STIs.