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

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 […]

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 […]

Greg Barry is one of the top fundraiser for the Scotiabank AIDS Walk. Although he has a busy life working as a senior manager in a multinational engineering company, Greg puts a lot of passion into this annual fundraiser. He does this because one of his three children, Ron, is HIV positive. Like his son, […]

Jennifer has a very personal connection to the AIDS Walk. Her first one was almost 15 years ago, and she walks every year. A few years ago she started a fundraising event at her house. Getting everybody she knows involved, she has grown her event to be one of the most successful fundraisers for the […]

Why I Walk

Thursday, August 11, 2016

About a year ago I took on the role of Executive Director at HIV Community Link. It has been an exciting year of learning and growth, and I am honoured to have joined a team that is so passionate about human rights and harm reduction. This tenacious and creative group is actively engaged every day in […]

Why I Walk

Friday, July 29, 2016

Aside from the obvious factor of my being a person living with HIV for 17 years there are a number of reasons that have me register, raise funds, promote, and walk the route at the annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk. This is my “Why I Walk” list: To show my Solidarity with people living with, at risk for or who […]

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 […]

As HIV Community Link did back in 2014, senior officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) are urging public health decision makers to lower barriers to HIV testing. Among the top recommendations are home testing kits and community-based testing performed by non-medical personnel outside of clinical […]