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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.

CPHA Webinar Series: Reducing Stigma Related to STBBIs, Sexuality and Substance Use

Join us throughout fall 2018 and winter 2019 for our webinar series as we explore the stigma associated with sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) as well as sexuality and substance use more broadly. Each webinar – presented by members of the public health community from across Canada – will highlight promising practices in stigma reduction.

This series is primarily intended for health and social service professionals working in sexual health, harm reduction, or related services.


Registration for each webinar opens in the month preceding the date of the webinar. Find the link to register in each session's detailed description below. Space is limited.


Webinar recordings will be posted on CPHA’s YouTube channel within three months of the presentation.

  • Experiences of fighting STBBI related stigma in African newcomer Communities | 21 November 2018 | Watch on YouTube
  • The social organization of perinatal care for mothers living with HIV in Canada: Revealing promising practices | 5 December 2018 | Watch on YouTube
  • Community-based leadership and capacity building interventions for the prevention of STBBIs and related stigma | 23 January 2019 | Watch on YouTube
  • Reducing stigma in sexual and reproductive health care for Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people | 5 February 2019 | Watch on YouTube
  • Sex work and stigmatization | 20 February 2019 | Watch on YouTube
  • Stigmatized sex: Barriers to health for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men | 6 March 2019 | Watch on YouTube
  • The effect of public health policies on stigma and innovations in HIV case management nursing | 21 March 2019 | Watch on YouTube
  • HIV/AIDS related stigma among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men | 11 April 2019 | Watch on YouTube
  • Engaging Inuit Youth around Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections (STBBIs) | 23 May 2019 | Watch on YouTube

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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