TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Planned Parenthood Toronto will host a panel discussion on understanding and challenging the stigma of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as part of its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday September 19, 2012.
Negative stereotypes about STIs and people who have STIs persist, in spite of the fact that everyone who is sexually active is at risk for contracting an STI and therefore many Canadians will have an STI at some point in their lifetime. Planned Parenthood Toronto is stepping up with both information and a call to action because the effects of STI stigma are wide-ranging and damaging to the health of individuals, relationships and communities,
"At Planned Parenthood Toronto, we see STI stigma at work in so many ways," said Sarah Hobbs-Blyth, Executive Director, "It can keep people from seeking STI testing and treatment, it can interfere with open and honest communication between partners, it can lead to problems around self-esteem and anxiety."
Panelists, including a family physician, a therapist, peer educators and a public health nurse, will explore what STI stigma is, its effects and impacts, and how people can challenge STI stigma in their work and their lives.
Planned Parenthood Toronto's Annual General Meeting will take place at Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, on Wednesday September 19 starting at 6:00pm. The panel discussion "Challenging the Stigma of STIs: A Sex-Positive Call for Action" will begin at 7:30pm. For more information, or to RSVP, email [email protected] or call 416-961-0113.
Planned Parenthood Toronto is a community-based, pro-choice agency that provides programs and services promoting healthy sexuality, reproductive health and informed decision-making to youth (aged 13-29) and women in the City of Toronto.
SOURCE: Planned Parenthood Toronto
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For more information about Planned Parenthood Toronto or to set up an interview with
Sarah Hobbs-Blyth, Executive Director, please contact Dianna Amaral at:
416.961.0113 ext. 124 or [email protected]