Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infections (STBBIs)

Sexual health and STBBI prevention are an integral part of everyone’s health care – Government of Canada

Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infections (STBBIs) pose serious health impacts to millions of people globally. Consequently, the Federations of Black Canadians (FBC), in collaboration with the Global Health Innovation Lab of the University of Toronto (Now of Western University) proposes assessing the level of awareness and knowledge of STBBIs amongst Black Canadians between the ages of 18-34 and identify the barriers to accessing knowledge and awareness around STBBI prevention and testing.


Assess the level of evidence-based knowledge and awareness of STBBIs in the Black community.


Examine the barriers to accessing knowledge around preventative measures and testing for STBBIs, which will support the effective development of awareness workshops on STBBIs for the Black community.


Assess the barriers and facilitators to applying preventive measures to reduce STBBIs among Black communities


Develop recommendations on mobilizing knowledge around preventative measures related to STBBIs among Black communities that can help inform future social policy interventions.

“Between 2014 and 2018, rates of chlamydia increased by 18%, gonorrhea by 110% and infectious syphilis by 151%. In 2019, the number of congenital syphilis cases was the highest ever reported in Canada”  – Canada, 2021 

Project Overview

The Federation of Black Canadians partnered with Dr. Obidimma from the University of Western Ontario and founder of the Global Health and Innovation Lab on the project “Knowledge mobilization around Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections (STBBIs) among Black populations in Canada” 

  1. While working together to continue our Health research together Dr. Obidimma applied to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) on another project
  2. Partnership Engagement Grant (acquired by Western University) 

STBBI Resources

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