Core Competencies for STBBI Prevention Cases
The 26 core competencies for STBBI prevention reflect the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours that you need as a front-line service provider to strengthen services and improve health outcomes for those at risk of STBBIs.
A series of case scenarios have been created for each of the 26 core competencies for STBBI prevention. Each case consists of a fictitious scenario related to the competency; questions to self-assess your knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices; and, suggested resources for more information.
- Knowledge of STBBI transmission modes, infection and disease progression, and treatment options
- Demonstrates consistent use of universal precautions.
- Identifies, shares, and contextualizes best practices in the prevention of STBBI transmission.
- Understands that the presence of one STBBI may increase the risk of other infections.
- Demonstrates knowledge of bio-medical risks associated with sexual practices (including insertive, receptive, anal and vaginal).
- Recognizes the complex factors involved in assessing a person for risk in sexual and non-sexual decision making, including the need for intimacy and pleasure.
- Respect for the diverse range of beliefs, practices, and values that influence sexual practices and decision making
- Recognizes how the determinants of health (DoH) influence STBBI risk for specific populations.
- Understands how culture shapes an individual’s sexual health and decision making.
- Understands how stigma and discrimination can lead to further exclusion and isolation.
- Knows and appreciates the factors that impact vulnerability (FIV).
- Understands how a person’s experiences affect decisions about accessing services, getting tested, and having treatment.
- Effective use of interventions to modify the risk of STBBIs
- Creates and maintains appropriate boundaries within the client-service provider relationship.
- Identifies and applies harm reduction strategies.
- Applies approaches that meet the STBBI prevention needs of the client, such as motivational interviewing and active listening.
- Supports clients in making informed decisions while acknowledging they are experts in their own lives.
- Discusses sexual practices, related risks and prevention of STBBIs with a level of comfort.
- Puts situations in context in order to effectively meet the needs of those at increased risk of STBBIs.
- Advocacy on behalf of those at risk of STBBIs and living with HIV
- Demonstrates awareness of the impact that organizational policies and practices have on access to STBBI prevention services.
- Ensures a safe and respectful environment that does not isolate or marginalize clients.
- Identifies appropriate referral options for clients whose complex health needs may impact their risk of STBBIs.
- Acknowledges one’s own limitations and is able to support clients in the navigation of systems.
- Planning, implementation, adaptation, and evaluation of STBBI programs and policies
- Applies a health equity lens to inform programs, services, and interventions.
- Contextualizes disparity and adapts programs to ensure inequities are not increased.
- Knows the laws and organizational policies surrounding disclosure and confidentiality.
- Demonstrates an understanding and ability to adapt as necessary to people from diverse backgrounds.
- Ensures that programs and services are not only culturally relevant but also culturally safe for populations most at risk of infections.
- Applies organizational procedures, protocols, and standards to the delivery of STBBI services.
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