Planned Parenthood says clinic visits increase after Craven country music festival


From CBC:

When the Craven Country Jamboree winds down a Regina clinic of Planned Parenthood expects to gear up.

Christine Smith, director of Planned Parenthood Regina, says the clinic has seen an influx of patients every year following the country music show, west of the city.

According to Smith, many people are seeking advice on sexually transmitted infections, or STIs.

“After the event is complete, we usually see an increase in people coming to the sexual health clinic for STI testing and pregnancy testing,” Smith told CBC News.

The agency also provides information to people on the festival site, and includes pamphlets and condoms.

“It’s a big event,” Smith said. “You know you can’t control people, so you really just have to make things available.”

Smith says the number of patients the clinic sees usually goes up about 20 per cent after the festival.

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