Blog – The A Word

The A Word is the official blog of HIV Community Link. The A Word is a place where we can talk about human rights, learn about new HIV research, relay safe and sexy tips, share personal stories, and so much more. Our blog is a place for us to connect with our community, share our knowledge, and engage in meaningful discussions.

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Recent Posts

Mark Campbell has been with the Backlot for more than 16 years, half of them as one of the bar’s owners. The previous owner offered him the business along with the “safe space for everybody” philosophy that he continues to cultivate. It’s a place where gay, bi, trans and everybody is welcomed and where a […]

Interested In Peer Support? Join Us!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Over the past year, HIV Community Link has been laying the groundwork to implement an HIV Peer Support Program, researching the most promising practices and outcomes of peer run programs across Canada and the United States. Currently, peer programs are being highlighted and leading the way in most promising best practices, client-centred trauma informed care […]

Dr. Petty has been providing compassionate dental care since 1984. The 80’s AIDS epidemic found him working in New York, where he received additional training for dealing with medically complex patients. “I happen to be American, but still a nice guy,” he jokes. “Our hospital in NY was actually the first hospital on the East […]

Keon Brown became the General Manager of Twisted Element seven months ago and has been supporting three important initiatives of HIV Community Link since. The downtown club has been a supporter of the Scotiabank AIDS Walk in different capacities over the years and has joined on as a sponsor in 2017. The day of the […]

Gavin is 29 and just finished his first year of university after being out of high school for ten years. He struggled with alcohol addiction, but stopped drinking six years ago. Gavin has lived in Calgary most of his life. “I’ve only disclosed my HIV status to some of my family. More because I don’t […]

In the next couple of weeks, we will bring you the stories of the wonderful Scotiabank AIDS Walk supporters. We will let them explain why they are helping the cause with fundraising, donating or volunteering for the event. Read below Zander’s story. Zander Fitzgerald is a volunteer for our Scotiabank AIDS Walk committee, a wonderful […]

In the next couple of weeks, we will bring you the stories of the wonderful Scotiabank AIDS Walk supporters. We will let them explain why they are helping the cause with fundraising, donating or volunteering for the event. Read below the story of one of our Team Captains. Joshua Gordon has a Bachelor of Arts […]

Scotiabank AIDS Walk Fundraising Tips

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Make Your Fundraising FUN and Meet Your Goals! On behalf of HIV Community Link, allow me to thank you for joining us for the 2017 Scotiabank AIDS Walk. The work we do would not be possible without the dedication and generosity of supporters such as yourself. So let’s get into some great tips to help […]

HIV Community Link is committed to supporting harm reduction, and with summertime in full swing, the Calgary Folk Festival, as well as Calgary Pride just around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to share information about staying safe during this season of festivals, events, parties, and patios. With an understanding that for many people, drugs […]

HIV Community Link is committed to working from a harm reduction perspective in all our support, education, and advocacy programs. The concept of harm reduction is applicable to our work in reducing the risks of HIV and hepatitis C infection, as well as our work in preventing opioid overdose deaths, and reducing risks associated with […]