Archive for 2014

Dating and HIV

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hopefully we can evolve enough as a society to see HIV positive dating as one more thing in the long list of things a dater must consider, from “what am I going to wear” all the way to “could they be my knight in shining armor” and your knight just may be someone living with HIV.

The very first time I had to do an HIV Community Link (at that time AIDS Calgary) booth was at a local round dance happening in the urban aboriginal community in Calgary. I was a bit nervous and apprehensive because bringing awareness about HIV/AIDS was a brand new job for me and I was less […]

Swipe for Sex: Calgary Sexual Health Centre

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Guest Blog By Calgary Sexual Health: Gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) are increasingly connecting online with their peers, sexual partners, and to seek out sexual health information.

Lest We Forget

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Next week is a time for us all to honour those who fought for our freedom. It’s a time to reflect on the past and take a moment to think and be gracious about living in such an incredible country.

As I sit and listen to Robert speak about his experience in treatment, I am amazed at his resilience and will power to continue on. Robert cleared the virus after his 3rd week of treatment, or third shot of Peg-interferon, a drug that is helping his body fight the replication of the virus, and is now in his 22nd week of a 24 week treatment process.

We, at HIV Community Link, would like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who made the 2014 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life such a success. Teams, walkers, donors, and volunteers pulled together to make Sunday an amazing day!

We live in an increasingly global world and with that comes lots of travel, new experiences and health questions for those living with HIV and/or other chronic health conditions.

At this year’s International AIDS Conference, held in Melbourne Australia, sex work was a hot topic. This open discussion of sex work in relation to HIV/AIDS and human rights was long overdue, as sex workers felt ignored at the same conference held in the US last year.

PrEP

Monday, August 18, 2014

PrEP

Learn this word. It’s going to be a game changer. Keeee—POW!!!!! Outta the park.

Treatment as Prevention

Friday, August 1, 2014

Earlier this month, the HIVCL Board updated our position statement on the use of anti-HIV medication to prevent the forward transmission of HIV. Often referred to as “Treatment as Prevention”, the approach recognizes that by reducing viral load, HIV treatment has a secondary benefit of significantly reducing the potential for HIV transmission.