CANFAR Publishes Findings from its 2019 National Youth Survey

Currently, there is no up-to-date national data on Canadian youth’s sexual health, mental health, and substance use experiences, as well as HIV attitudes.

At the end of 2019, CANFAR conducted a national online survey to hundreds of youth across Canada as part of a landscape assessment for our national youth HIV awareness program.

We collected responses from 471 youth on their experiences with sex, substances, condom use, HIV/STI testing, mental health, access to resources, and knowledge of and attitudes towards HIV. The findings collected from this survey will directly inform CANFAR’s national youth HIV awareness program to ground our work in an evidence-based and youth-centered approach.

The findings were also shared with community partners across Canada to strengthen community capacity across sectors and regions serving youth.

Sharing Our Findings

On May 28, CANFAR hosted a knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) webinar, “Let’s Get Sexfluent: Findings from CANFAR’s 2019 National Youth Survey,” to over 130 registrants from across the country. A presentation of the survey findings was shared with community partners, alongside an exclusive preview of CANFAR’s brand-new youth HIV awareness resource, which is under development and being directly informed by the findings collected from this survey.

To watch the webinar recording, which highlights the key findings and recommendations from the report, please click the link below.

Watch the webinar recording now

To read the full report, please feel free to flip through the Issu below, or download a direct copy onto your device.

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You can also visit our Awareness page to view this report.