Take an Active Approach to Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections (STBBI) Testing (infographic)
Canadians are still reluctant to get tested for sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI).
Take an active approach to STBBI testing
In 2018, 50% of Canadians indicated that they had never been tested for STBBI. *
Why are Canadians not getting tested for STBBI?
- Fear of a positive result
- Stigma associated with STBBI
- No symptoms
- Do not see themselves as being at risk
Canadians also identified common reasons they might not reach out to their doctor or pharmacist.
- Stigma and fear of being judged
- Concerns over privacy
- Unsure if they would receive meaningful advice
- STI are difficult to talk about
- No established relationship with the healthcare provider
59% of Canadians believe that the responsibility to request an STBBI test is shared equally between the patient and the healthcare provider.
Have the conversation with your patients.
- trauma-informed and culturally sensitive care
- a sex-positive approach, free of judgement
- a safe and respectful space, free of stigma and discrimination
- information on risk factors
- routes of transmission
- benefits of early diagnosis
- prevention (including PrEP and PEP)
- ease of testing (often involving only a simple blood test)
- available testing and treatment options
- available pre- and post-test counselling
Learn more: visit Canada.ca and search Sexual Health
* As reported in the Canadians' Awareness, Knowledge and Attitudes Related to Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections - 2018 Findings Report
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