Women, HIV and stigma

ana Blog, living with HIV, stigma

The stigma associated with HIV has existed since the epidemic’s beginning. Stigma is a mark of disgrace, a characteristic of shame or dishonour. HIV stigma comes from a fear of the illness, becoming HIV positive, …

Alberta MLA scandal?

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An Alberta MLA made headlines recently following his arrest for the solicitation of prostitution during an American business trip.  The arrest has lead to calls for his resignation, a dismissal from his party, and a …

Happy Penis Condom?

ana Blog, condoms, safer sex

Gearing up for a sexy time? Making the most of those last few Stampede parties? Don’t forget to Condom Your Cowboy this Stampede! Fact: condoms are the single best protection we have against unplanned pregnancy …

Vancouver to Host AIDS Conference in 2015

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The 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention will be hosted in Vancouver in 2015. The IAS conference is the world’s largest HIV open forum for health experts to come together …

Sex Worker Knowledge

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I consider it a daily honor to work with Shift clients. Sex workers have become my favorite group of people, in all their diversity and strength. The idea that I, as a social worker, am the …

It’s Different Now

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Yes, it is different now.  It wasn’t until my final year of University that I was required to take a computer course; now one needs a computer to take a course.  I recall phone booths …