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Canadian Public Health Association


Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infections and Related Stigma

The prevention, treatment and management of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) — such as HIV, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and human papillomavirus — continue to represent important public health issues in Canada. However, stigma and discrimination within health and social service settings often complicate public health efforts by creating barriers to people who try to access and use sexual health, harm reduction and STBBI-related services. Reducing stigma and discrimination requires more than one approach. Stigma and discrimination arise from individuals' attitudes, values, beliefs and practices in addition to health and social service organizations' policies, procedures, culture and environment.

CPHA, in collaboration with various professionals, organizations and individuals with living experience, has developed a suite of professional development and knowledge translation resources focused on the reduction of stigma associated with sexuality, substance use and STBBIs.

For more information, please contact Rachel MacLean, Senior Project Officer.

Turnkey Workshop Resources

Throughout 2014-2017, in collaboration with the Calgary Sexual Health Centre, CPHA has developed three professional development workshops focused on equipping frontline health and social service providers with the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to reduce STBBI stigma.  All of the workshop resources, including a facilitation manual, a participant workbook and the presentation slides, are available in a turnkey format to help you facilitate a training workshop in your community. 

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Throughout 2014-2017, in an effort to support front-line service providers in the provision of STBBI-related services, CPHA developed a number of resources that underscore the individual and organizational factors required to enhance services and reduce STBBI-related stigma, and ultimately improve health outcomes for those affected by or living with STBBIs.

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