COVID-19 and the impact on services for sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections: Overview

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges related to the delivery of and access to healthcare due to public health measures and health system capacity have been reported across Canada. This includes sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection (STBBI)-related, harm reduction and mental health services in Canada. Certain populations face greater challenges in accessing care due to:

As a result, these service disruptions may have had a greater impact on the health of the marginalized and racialized populations, including:

We conducted 4 national online surveys among healthcare service providers and these 3 populations. This will help us to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected delivery and access to:

The 4 surveys are:

  1. Survey among service providers
  2. Survey among African, Caribbean and Black people
  3. Survey among people who use drugs or alcohol
  4. Survey among First Nations, Inuit and Métis people

The information collected will:

For more information about these surveys, contact

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