CPHA webinar series on the reduction of stigma related to sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections

stylized heart drawing CPHA hosted a series of webinars throughout fall 2016 and winter 2017 to increase understanding of the stigma associated with sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) as well as sexuality and/or substance use more broadly.

As part of this webinar series, we invited the public health community to share their knowledge and expertise on reducing STBBI-related stigma.

If you would like more information on any of the webinars listed below, please contact Rachel MacLean.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 1-2:30 pm ET (in English) / Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 1-2:30 pm ET (in French) – Reducing STBBI-related stigma through the protection of privacy and confidentiality
During this interactive webinar, jointly hosted by CPHA and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, we will explore how protection of service users’ privacy and confidentiality can help reduce stigma within health and social service settings. Webinar participants will learn about confidentiality, the limits to confidentiality, the implications of the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and how to deal with possible legal and ethical dilemmas related to privacy and confidentiality.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 1-2 pm ET - Stigma and syndemics as drivers of recent syphilis infection among gay and bisexual men (English only)
Drawing on findings from the Sex Now survey, Dr. Olivier Ferlatte will discuss the various syndemic factors that are contributing to increased risk of syphilis infection among gay and bisexual men. During this interactive webinar, participants can expect to discuss the implications of syndemics on service delivery and public health efforts to reverse the syphilis epidemic among gay and bisexual men.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 1-2 pm ET - “I’m a prostitute, so, can you check me? Exploring sex work stigma in healthcare (English only)
During this interactive webinar, Dr. Cecilia Benoit and Dan Reist will discuss how stigma shapes sex workers’ experiences of health care. They will draw on an analysis of the findings from in-person interviews conducted in 2013 with sex workers (N=218) in six Canadian metropolitan areas. Participants will explore strategies that can be used to reduce the impact of stigma and in turn contribute to safer healthcare environments for sex workers.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 1-2 pm ET - Improving health equity in Canada’s African, Caribbean and Black communities (English only)
People from African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities face multiple forms of stigma and discrimination. HIV-related stigma is just one of these. The purpose of this interactive webinar is to raise awareness and understanding of HIV-related stigma in Canada’s ACB populations and offer strategies that have proven to reduce it.
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