Archive for 2013

A study completed by Mount Royal alumni Tyler Faulds in partnership with AIDS Calgary Awareness Association and the Southern Alberta Clinic suggests that levels of depressive and anxious symptoms may influence medication adherence behavior in Albertan men living with HIV. The study, which was completed as an undergraduate thesis spanning nine months, was an attempt […]

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

From the title I’m assuming you know exactly which generation I’m referring to. That’s right! The Baby Boomers. Born between 1946 and 1964, boomers were teenagers more interested in having a good time than the potential health risks they were putting their bodies through. Unless they were worried about becoming a baby daddy, it was […]

HIV has always been there

Thursday, October 17, 2013

For me, HIV has always been there. When it comes to being a young gay man, HIV IS my issue. The virus has, throughout history, disproportionately affected the communities that I live, work, travel and play in. However, were it not for HIV being unabashedly non-discriminatory in who it affects, it would likely have remained […]

We Are Diverse-City

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer (GLBTQ) community is often marginalized and at risk for harm and discrimination. However, there are limited opportunities to link individuals to services and support that exist in Calgary. Through focus groups, partnership collaborations, community engagements, and input from the HEAT Advisory Committee it was determined that an event showcasing […]

2013 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

On September 22nd, walkers joined us for our 19th annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life. It was magical to see the smiling faces and the huge crowd swarming Eau Claire in support for AIDS Calgary. This summer has been one of the most inspiring times in my life. Since the flood, I have seen Calgary […]

One Drop

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I love to paint my fingernails. It’s my favourite way to unwind and a great way to express myself – soft pink, bold red, vibrant blue. It is not uncommon to see me with three different colours within a one week period. Last night I was painting my nails a deep red that is full […]

Under the Mango Tree

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Our African Communities Project is bustling with activities these days. Here’s a few recent events/publications that might be of interest. Under the Mango Tree- A show of sisterhood!The African Communities Project had another successful get together and in true African spirit –a sign of sisterhood with a mission on Saturday, July 20th. At the event, […]

Women, HIV and stigma

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The stigma associated with HIV has existed since the epidemic’s beginning. Stigma is a mark of disgrace, a characteristic of shame or dishonour. HIV stigma comes from a fear of the illness, becoming HIV positive, the risk activities connected with transmission and/or from the lack of information around HIV. Stigma can be found in the […]

Alberta MLA scandal?

Monday, July 29, 2013

An Alberta MLA made headlines recently following his arrest for the solicitation of prostitution during an American business trip.  The arrest has lead to calls for his resignation, a dismissal from his party, and a public shaming in the media. Sex is bought and sold all over the world every day, and most of it […]

Condom Your Cowboy – Mixed Reviews

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Condom Your Cowboy campaign runs during Stampede, promoting safer sex during this infamously sexy time. Condom Your Cowboy gets condom packs on the street, in bars, and on party buses, putting safer sex front and centre. After seeing all the great work everyone did on this year’s campaign, I was excited to see a photo (above) […]