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

Celebrating Our Volunteers

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 23 to 29 is National Volunteer Week and an opportunity for us to say thank you to our dedicated and wonderful volunteers! Our organization would not exist if it weren’t for you. You are critical to the continued success of our programs and operations. The investment of your time in HIV Community Link is […]

The day originated in 2001, when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a sex worker festival, despite efforts from prohibitionist groups who tried to prevent it taking place by pressuring the government to revoke their permit. The event was organised by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a Calcutta based group that has over 50,000 […]

Start a conversation. Know your health options. End the stigma! On Tuesday, February 7, HIV Community Link joins the Canadian HIV and AIDS Black, African and Caribbean Network (CHABAC) in celebrating National African, Caribbean & Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. CHABAC’s vision is to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic among the African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) […]

Sex Work and Language, why does it matter?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Language shapes the way we perceive the world around us, how we interact with it, and how others respond in return. If we want to provide the best possible care and support to sex workers, exploring our use of language is a great place to start. Shift provides support and advocacy services for sex workers […]

! This article contains graphical depictions of violence and potentially traumatic subject matter In Calgary, it is estimated that there are 1000-3000 sex workers, and less than 10% of the sex work occurs on the streets. Sex workers experience a higher rate of violence than non-sex workers, and a primary reason for people accessing Shift […]

Rae-Leigh’s family has farmed for generations. She has continued this family tradition, currently running a small farm in Tilley, Alberta for 15 years. She had “an average Canadian dad”, she says. He was educated, successful, handsome, outgoing, and had lots of friends. Rae-Leigh’s parents divorced after 33 years of marriage, and her father took the […]

Dear Friend, ­­­ December 1 is World AIDS Day, the international day to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic and to remember those who have died of AIDS related illnesses. This year, the theme for World AIDS Day 2016 is Hands Up for HIV Prevention, and your support can go further than ever to help […]

On October 26, the Alberta Health Services (AHS)  Sexual and Gender Advisory Group, Calgary Zone provided a “Report Back to Community”  on what the advisory has managed to accomplish over the past year to build capacity within health services delivery to the LGBTQ* community in Calgary. HIV Community Link has had the privilege and honour to […]

Shift Calgary and the Calgary Police Service are long-term partners in assisting victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. As a program of HIV Community Link, Shift Calgary supports sex workers regardless of intent to leave the sex industry. We believe that it is of utmost importance to make the distinction between sex work and […]

My name is Nolan Hill, and you may have seen me around the offices here at HIV Community Link this summer. You may have also seen me at the 2016 Scotiabank AIDS Walk, running around with a headset and clipboard. I was lucky enough to spend the summer as the Events Coordinator and helping to […]