Archive for 2013

Happy Penis Condom?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Gearing up for a sexy time? Making the most of those last few Stampede parties? Don’t forget to Condom Your Cowboy this Stampede! Fact: condoms are the single best protection we have against unplanned pregnancy and STI transmission, including HIV. Condoms come in all shapes and sizes! Condoms are made for men or women, latex […]

The 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention will be hosted in Vancouver in 2015. The IAS conference is the world’s largest HIV open forum for health experts to come together and discuss advancements in cutting edge HIV research and health management. As one of the world’s leading organization of HIV […]

Our graphic novel ‘Strong Voices: Stories of Struggle & Strength Living with HIV’ is now available! Working with very tight timelines to put this project together, our first step was to find 4 Aboriginal people living with HIV who were willing to share their story. We also needed to recruit 4 Aboriginal artists to develop […]

This article was written by Volunteer Blog Writer Beverly F. Spencer. If you are interested in being a writer for The A Word, please visit: For years Scientists at the Oregon Health & Science University have been experimenting with potential HIV vaccine developments in hopes of better understanding how HIV functions within the human […]

Sex Worker Knowledge

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I consider it a daily honor to work with Shift clients. Sex workers have become my favorite group of people, in all their diversity and strength. The idea that I, as a social worker, am the expert helping the deficient client does not tend to apply to my clients. I learn a tremendous amount from them, […]

It’s Different Now

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Yes, it is different now.  It wasn’t until my final year of University that I was required to take a computer course; now one needs a computer to take a course.  I recall phone booths (yes, the kind from which Superman sprang forth to save the world) cost ten cents, and then twenty-five cents, then […]

The AIDS Calgary HEAT Worker, in partnership with The Texas Lounge and Goliath’s Saunatelmanagement and staff and the Alberta Health SAFEWORKS team,  work together to provide HIV/STI and hepatitis C testing and other health services, supports and referrals to Calgary and area Gay and MSM through an onsite outreach testing and health service in the […]

African Women on HIV/AIDS — AWOHA!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The adage that African women are the conduits of change was at play during the dinner hosted by the Right to Know African Communities Program. The event saw over 25 African women come together to celebrate and to support the Right to Know project. The dinner was a social event for Calgary’s African women from […]

Hepatitis has a staggering toll on the health of people around the world, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is largely unknown, untreated, and undiagnosed. It is also 100% preventable. July 28 is this year’s World Hepatitis Day. The theme of the event is this is hepatitis. Know it. Confront it. No […]

‘Functionally’ cured of HIV

Monday, March 11, 2013

There seems to be a lot happening in the world of HIV and I wanted to take a minute to share this with you. My usual online navigation rarely brings me anything of interest, but the latest information on the baby who was curedfrom HIV was worth a double take.   Apparently in Mississippi a […]