Archive for the ‘harm reduction’ Category

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 […]

For many in the LGBTQ* community, the “Tea Dance” may not be something that is well known in the modern world of circuit parties, LGBTQ* night clubs and private dance parties. From resorts to cruise ships to private venues, the Tea dance is seeing a modernisation and resurgence of the practice in community, particularly among […]

June 2 is International Sex Workers’ Day. In 1975, hundreds of sex workers gathered in Lyon, France, to protest their increasingly unsafe working conditions and the violence they were experiencing. Now, in 2017, more than 40 years later, we are still advocating for sex workers’ rights and safety. To recognize this day and bring awareness […]

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 […]

! 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 […]

On a Friday Outreach

Friday, October 7, 2016

It’s Friday, 1pm, and the Positive Living lunch for our clients is just getting started downstairs, in the drop-in space. It’s pretty crowded today, and I’m waiting for Waylon and Chelsea to finish their conversations with the people in the room so that we can leave. I’m going with them on outreach; I’ve always wanted […]

The Medicine Hat branch of HIV Community Link is well known as the Medicine Hat Cares Centre. The primary focus of our Medicine Hat location is our harm reduction services that include a needle exchange program. In 2014 the clinic provided over 200,000 syringes along with other safer injecting supplies. Many people come to the Medicine Hat location […]

Naloxone and Overdose Prevention

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In the face of the fentanyl crisis in Alberta, naloxone is a new weapon to fight back. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist; this means that it blocks opioid receptors. Naloxone has no potential for misuse. Naloxone only works on opioids, meaning that if a person is not taking any opioids and gets injected with naloxone, nothing will happen.

What You Need to Know…

Thursday, April 2, 2015

At HIV Community Link we are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest and greatest information and trends affecting our work and the communities we serve. One way we do this is through our new series: What You Need to Know. The first four topics in this series are based on the most common and frequently asked questions we receive in-person, online, by phone, email and social media. Get in touch with all your questions – we’re the LINK!