Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections

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​​About the Program ​• About these Types of Infection • Resources

​​​About the ​​Program 

This area of FNHA work is comprised of several programs: Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infections, Harm Reduction, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus.  

These programs focus on prevention, education, awareness and community capacity building, as well as facilitating access to quality and timely diagnosis, care, treatment and social support.

For a complete description of program objectives and components, see the Communicable Disease Control section of the FNHA Programs and Services Guide.

About these Types of Infection         

Sexually transmitted infections are infections that are passed from one person to another through sexual activities with someone who has an STI. 

FNHA Sexual Health Fact Sheet

There are many different types of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections. To find out if you have an STBBI, you need to be tested. Otherwise, you could spread an STBBI to a sexual partner without knowing it.

Blood-borne infections are infecti​ons that are passed from one person to another through activities that allow the blood of one person to come into contact with the blood of another person, for example, sharing injection needles or drug-use equipment.

You can get an STBBI if you engage in unprotected sex, share needles and or other drug-use equipment, had a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992 or get a tattoo or a piercing with a needle that has infected blood on it (this can happen if equipment is not cleaned properly after it is used on someone else). 

The only way to know if you have an STBBI is to get tested. If you are concerned or have questions visit your community health nurse (CHN) or doctor. Most STBBIs can be treated. 


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