SCuBA Social Media Campaign

Please feel free to copy the posts below to your own Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram account – the more we share, the greater the impact!

African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) women are greatly overrepresented in new HIV infections in comparison with Canada’s general population. Social and structural factors such as HIV-related stigma, gender discrimination, and racial discrimination converge to increase vulnerability to HIV infection among ACB women by reducing access to HIV prevention services. Stigma and discrimination also present barriers to treatment, care, and support and may contribute to mental health problems.

Did you know?
  • You can get STBBIs from genitals touching each other.
  • Young women are biologically more susceptible to STBBIs.
  • An infected mother can pass STBBIs to her baby during a vaginal birth.
  • STBBIs are extremely contagious and any sexually active person can get them.
  • People are often re-infected if they have sex before their treatment is over, or if their partners are not treated.
  • Just because you have had an STBBI before doesn’t mean you‘re immune. All it takes is another exposure to the bacteria or virus.

What is consent, anyway? Let’s learn together! #Thread
Only 1 in 3 Canadians understand what consent means. In Canadian law, “free” or voluntary consent is active, ongoing, and conscious.
1. Active
This means a clear “YES” for every sexual act. Consent must be given at the time of the sexual activity. Consent cannot be assumed or implied.
2. Ongoing
This means the person is capable of taking back, withholding, or refusing consent in every sexual act. Consent must be given throughout sexual activity and you have the right to change your mind at any time.
3. Freely given
This means the person is actively yes without pressure or manipulation. Consent can never be attained through threats, bribes, or coercion.
4. Sober/Conscious
If a person is unconscious or impaired by drugs or alcohol, they cannot legally consent to sexual contact. Saying “yes” while you’re impaired is not consent.
5. Informed
Not deceiving or lying. You can only consent if you have the full story. If someone says they’ll use a condom and they don’t, that isn’t consent.

Consent is not silence or the absence of no. Consent is never implied by your past behaviors, what you wear or where you go. There should be no mystery when it comes to consent, it needs to be clearly and actively communicated. You should always get the final say of what happens with your body. If you agreed in the beginning and then changed your mind, your partner needs to respect that.

Having a partner does not mean you should not get tested. If you have recently changed partners, are having pain during sex, have sores, abnormal bleeding, or discharge, or if anything seems abnormal – you should get tested.

Getting tested at your yearly check-up is also a great way to stay informed on where you’re at with your sexual health.

Some STBBI’s can live in us for years without our knowledge. Regular testing makes sure you are aware of what is going in your body and ensures you can communicate to those who care and can offer you support.

25% of people in Canada living with HIV/AIDS were unaware due to lack of testing and diagnosis. It is always better to get tested than to not – even if you don’t think you need to. Testing protects you and those around you. #SCuBACampaign

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