Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infection (STBBI) Prevention

The prevention of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), such as HIV, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and human papillomavirus, continues to represent an issue of public health importance in Canada. In an effort to support front-line service providers in the provision of STBBI prevention services, CPHA has developed a number of resources that reflect the knowledge and skills required to enhance services and improve health outcomes for those at risk of or living with STBBIs.

stigma discrimination 1. Impacting attitudes and values: Engaging health professionals to decrease stigma and discrimination and improve STBBI prevention
This project, launched in April 2014 and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, aims to enhance the prevention of STBBIs and reduce the stigma and discrimination that often hinder individuals’ access to and use of available health and social services. This will be accomplished through the development of learning products for health care, social service and public health professionals, as well as their organizations, focused on increasing awareness of potentially stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes and practices, and increasing capacity to create non-stigmatizing environments for persons at risk or living with STBBIs.

heart held in hands Webinars

  1. An Advanced Discussion about Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infections and Stigma
    On February 23, 2016, CPHA and the Calgary Sexual Health Centre hosted an interactive webinar exploring STBBIs and related stigma. During this webinar, participants engaged in a facilitated discussion of the strategies that can be used to challenge stigma within their workplaces.

    CPHA is pleased to share the English webinar recording as well as the English slides (PDF:  1m).

  2. Stigma 101: A Webinar for Health and Social Service Providers
    On November 4, 2015, CPHA and the Calgary Sexual Health Centre hosted an interactive webinar exploring STBBIs and related stigma. During the webinar, participants were provided with practical strategies and tools that can help to create safer and more inclusive spaces for clients seeking STBBI-related services.

    CPHA is pleased to share the English webinar recording as well as the bilingual slides (PDF:  1.3m). If you would like to view the webinar recording in French, please contact Rachel MacLean.

stigma discrimination 2. Developing core competencies for STBBI prevention
As part of this project, which culminated in March 2014, CPHA worked with communities across Canada, including a National Reference Group, to identify the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours that enhance STBBI prevention activities. Based on these consultations, a set of 26 core competencies were identified. In addition to the Core Competencies, a Health Equity Impact Assessment Tool specific to STBBIs was created, as well as a list of the Factors that Impact Vulnerability to STBBIs among the general population and also select priority populations.

New prevention technologies 3. New Prevention Technologies for HIV
This project, which culminated in March 2012, aimed to enhance understanding of the current knowledge, information needs, challenges and potential role of public health workers in Canada with respect to new HIV prevention technologies (NPTs) and contribute to the introduction and roll-out of NPTs in Canada.

Resourses