HIV in Canada: A primer for service providers

Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections

HIV is increasingly being placed within a broader context of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) because of the strong relationship between HIV and other STBBIs. HIV and STBBIs share common transmission routes, risk factors and priority populations, and synergistic interactions between these infections lead to increased transmission and poorer health. More holistic responses are needed that involve integrated STBBI approaches to address these multiple infections simultaneously. To develop an integrated response, the epidemiology of STBBIs in Canada must play a role in our collective response to address the drivers of these epidemics.

In 2018, the Public Health Agency of Canada released A Pan-Canadian Framework for Action: Reducing the Health Impact of Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections in Canada by 2030. This document provides a roadmap for action to address the impact of STBBIs in Canada and contributes to global efforts to end AIDS, viral hepatitis and certain STIs as major health concerns by 2030. Canada has signed onto the HIV, viral hepatitis and STI global strategies.

 

Resources

Reducing the health impact of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections in Canada by 2030: A pan-Canadian STBBI framework for action – PHAC strategy

90-90-90 An Ambitious Treatment Target to Help END the AIDS Epidemic – UNAIDS

Global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis 2016-2021 – World Health Organization

Global health sector strategy on Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2016-2021– World Health Organization

Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis: What does it mean for Canadians?Prevention in Focus