Government of Canada Launches Action Plan on Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections
“While we have made significant progress in addressing sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections, there is still much work to be done across the country to reduce the health impacts of these infections. The Action Plan will draw on our strengths and leadership as we work with our partners to make a difference for Canadians.”
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
“We know that stigma and discrimination can be barriers to accessing prevention, treatment and support services for people living with, or at risk of, sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections. This Action Plan, which takes a whole-of-government approach to addressing these infections, will help us reach our global goal of ending AIDS, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections as public health threats by 2030.”
Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Rates of sexually transmitted infections in Canada have increased over the last decade—chlamydia increased by 49%, gonorrhea by 81%, and syphilis by an alarming 178%.
The Government of Canada is committed to eliminating the HIV and viral hepatitis epidemics and to reducing the health impact of sexually transmitted infections by 2030, as set forth by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS and the World Health Organization's global health sector strategies.
The Action Plan recognizes that STBBI do not affect all people equally because of differing social, economic and other factors. By taking a whole-of-government approach, the Government of Canada will help to ensure that underlying structural inequalities and determinants of health are taken into account as part of efforts to address STBBI.
- Accelerating Our Response: The Government of Canada’s Five-Year Action Plan on Sexually and Blood-Borne Infections
- Reducing the Health Impact of Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections (STBBI) in Canada by 2030: A Pan-Canadian STBBI Framework for Action
- Harm Reduction Fund
- National Microbiology Laboratory
- CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network
- STI & HIV 2019 World Congress
Office of Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
Public Health Agency of Canada
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