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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 has been funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, through the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund, to undertake the project, Addressing Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne infections and Related Stigma through Partnerships, Capacity Building and Community Engagement. 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 STBBI project staff.


Since 2014, CPHA has developed a number of knowledge translation tools to support health and social service providers to provide STBBI-related services. These resources 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.

Turnkey Workshop Resources

Since 2014, in collaboration with the Centre for Sexuality, CPHA has developed four 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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Create an account on CPHA’s learning site to access free online courses. Courses currently available from the STBBI project are:

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

Between November 2018 and May 2019 we hosted a webinar series to 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 – highlighted 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.


Webinar recordings are posted on CPHA’s YouTube channel.

  • 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

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