Society matters

Cambodia is an southeast asian country which is currently living a situation about LGBTQI+ rights that may seem odd for some of us. Cambodian policy and laws are changing in order to improve the actual situation of LGBTQI+ rights, and the government have finally decided to take part in that questions. Besides, the most relevant religion there is buddhism, which unlike christianism and islam don’t hold prejudices against homosexuality; Buda said love doesn’t distinct between gender or sexual orientation, everyone can love and be loved. In the same direction, different business are developing an increasingly number of alternatives to promote LGBTQI+ tourism. So what’s slowing down the improvement of these inspiring expectatives?

The right answer is family. We’re not talking about a concrete number of them, but family as a social institution which resists changes and influences in order to preserve traditions. Honour is an important value in cambodian families, which means you have to get married and have children to not dishonour your relatives. In addition to this, gender roles boundaries are strictly delimited which made lot of lesbians decide sexual transitioning into men to be accepted. Moreover many gays agree to get married with women to not tear family ties while keep having sporadic sex with men. Cambodian society tolerate this behaviours if they don’t affect the traditional family structure.

That’s why we must emphasise the relevance of society to be changed, seeking for an improvement in education and social rights. It’s unbearable that economics interests are achieving more successfully this LGBTQI+ goals than social policies do. And what’s more, we must realise that the definitive and real change in this field only can be reached from this latest.

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Cuando solo Buda entiende

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LGBTQI+ at school

“We have such a responsibility to guide our young

so that they don’t end up falling apart,

falling by the wayside, becoming insignificant”

Detachment

However, it seems that we don’t even mind what’s happening in front of our eyes. We leave them fall apart They are dying and we’re all guilty, because we don’t do anything to prevent it and we’re accomplices of those murders not reporting what we see. We’re behaving like inactive observers seeing a dramatic theatre piece. Though we have the opportunity to stop all this cruelty and madness, we have decide to do nothing. Which are now our excuses? Please, don’t tell me that you found it funny somehow or these are just meaningless children jokes.

“Murder? Whom?”. Those might be your questions now, so I’m going to answer them, starting with the last one. Lot of LGBTQI+ adolescents ‘commit’ suicide because they have been suffering bullying due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. First of all, and answering now the first previous question, we’re not facing suicide commitment cases, but social murders, consequence of a poor, or nonexistent, sexual education in schools. We have no idea about what these kids and youngsters are going through. Society makes us think they have a problem, furthermore, they are the problem.

Changing this situation is in our hands and education is the only resource we have to battle and change this unacceptable situation. Stop that disgusting words, that bullying actions, put an end to discrimination. We have no time to waste, every person matters!

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HIV Equal

Human beings need to show who they are and love, what they think and like. Everyone has the necessity of screaming out loud that we are here and want to be respected just the way we are. Art is how lot of people choose to do that. So, why don’t we use art to promote HIV testing and fight against HIV stigma? This is the choice of HIV Equal.

“HIV Equal is an USA multimedia campaign and online magazine that aims to end HIV stigma and promote HIV testing by creating a social art movement that changes the way people think about HIV and which reopens the national dialogue about HIV.” In addition there is an interesting section about healthy practices and HIV prevention and also another one about education.

Everybody has an HIV status (negative or positive), so there is no real differences between any of us. The important issue is to realize this fact and be aware of the relevance of HIV testing to know our own status.

Finally, here there are two shorts about HIV+ people I found on HIV Equal website. Enjoy!

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Lepa priložnost za testiranje

BREZPLAČNO in ANONIMNO testiranje, brez napotnice: od ponedeljka, 23.11., do petka, 27.11., med 15h in 17h na Kliniki za infekcijske bolezni in vročinska stanja UKC Ljubljana. Testiranje v skupnosti: Legebitra.

Na Glavci preglej kategorijo TESTIRAJ SE!

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Ne zamudi predavanja dr. Mlakarja.

Približujeta se Evropski teden testiranja na hiv in hepatitise (20.-27. november) ter svetovni dan boja proti aidsu – 1. december in tudi čas, da malo obnovimo svoje znane o spolno prenosljivih okužbah (spo), njihovih simptomih in si pogledamo, kakšne so novosti na področju njihovega zdravljenja.

Dr. Boštjan Mlakar se bo z nami pogovarjal o teh temah v torek, 17. 11. 2015, ob 17.30 v Cafe Kolažu na Gornjem trgu 15 v Ljubljani.

Lepo vabljeni vsi, ki o tej temi ne veste veliko, tisti, ki bi radi osvežili svoje znanje in vsi, ki temo že poznate, pa bi radi izvedeli, kaj je na tem področju novega. Če imate vprašanja, jih boste lahko naslovili na dr. Mlakarja med ali po predavanju. Za predavanje se prijavite na info@dih.si do 16. 11. 2015, saj je število mest omejeno.

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Homophobia. It’s in our hands!

“A kiss. It was just a kiss. However, everyone was looking at them with a look of disgust or an angry face, as if it had changed their mood. I’m sure it was for them. After kissing each other, they keep walking, holding hands, regardless whether people were still staring at them or not.”

What’s the point? Why did people do that? Just because it was a gay couple. Just because not everyone can understand that love isn’t about a man and a woman, but a feeling towards another person, no matter what sexuality, gender, age, skin colour,… they are. Just because people don’t realise about their prejudices, because sometimes we don’t know we are the consequence of our education and decisions, and also our society and way of thinking are the result of the History.

It’s obvious that we can’t change our past, how we have been educated, but it’s our responsibility to decide what kind of society we are leaving to next generations, who we want to be, how the world will be and what kind of ideas we should eradicate. It is our responsibility to review and be aware of our thoughts. There’s no better way to start than breaking with homophobic behaviours and internalized feelings. Everyone should look over and start changing them.

Building a new world free of prejudices is up to us! Let’s go!

“The whole world goes on and on about love.

Poets spend their lives writing about it.

Everyone thinks it’s the most wonderful thing.

But, when you mention two guys in love,

they forget all that and freak out.”

Mark a. roeder

TO READ MORE: 12 stories about homophobia

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HIV Treatments

There is no functional cure to HIV or AIDS. What does it mean? There is no procedure or medication which has been scientifically proven to reliably eliminate the virus from a person’s body or reverse the damage to the immune system.

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Nowadays, everybody is part of the lucky ones!

Until now, there have been many advances in HIV treatments and therapies in recent years that have dramatically improved the quality of life of people with HIV, and more people are living longer with HIV than we used to think was possible. HIV is treated using a combination of medicines to fight HIV infection. This is called antiretroviral therapy (ART). It isn’t a cure, but it can control the virus so that you can live a longer, healthier life and reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others.

These HIV medicines prevent HIV from multiplying (making copies of itself), which reduces the amount of HIV in your body. Having less HIV in your body gives your immune system a chance to recover and fight off infections and cancers. Even though there is still some HIV in the body, the immune system is strong enough to fight off diseases.

The choice of HIV medicines to include in an HIV regimen depends on a person’s individual needs. When choosing an HIV regimen, people with HIV and their health care providers consider different factors. There are several recommended HIV regimens, but selecting the best regimen for a particular person depends on the factors listed below:

  • Other diseases or conditions that the person with HIV may have.
  • Possible side effects of HIV medicines.
  • Potential interactions between HIV medicines or between HIV medicines and other medicines the person with HIV is taking.
  • Results of drug-resistance testing (and other tests). Drug-resistance testing identifies which, if any, HIV medicines won’t be effective against a person’s HIV.
  • Convenience of the regimen. For example, a regimen that includes two or more HIV medicines combined in one pill is convenient to follow.
  • Any issues that can make it difficult to follow an HIV regimen, such as a busy schedule that changes from day to day.
  • Cost of HIV medicines.

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I’m so gay!

‘Why am I so gay?’ Thomas Lloyd answered this questions giving three main reasons to be so gay:

  1. Our obligation to History. ‘We will not try to hide anymore, we are tired of using our energies to cover, we would rather own ourselves and use our identities to change the system around us (…) It is easier to change a society than to change your identity.’
  2. The reality of our own identity. The reality of my own identity is something I shouldn’t cover.
  3. Our obligation to those yet to come. For example, there are still people being murdered because of their sexual conditions and gay marriage is not legal in a lot of countries.
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What do you think about it?

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SPO Letno poročilo 2014

Nacionalni inštitut za javno zdravje (NIJZ) je septembra 2015 izdal Letno poročilo o spolno prenesenih okužbah v Sloveniji za leto 2014. Glavni poudarek vezan na MSM populacijo, ki izhaja iz poročila je da,

- imajo MSM nesorazmerno visoko breme gonoreje in sifilisa;

priporočilo pa:

- MSM bi bilo smiselno vsaj enkrat letno omogočiti testiranje na izbrane spolno prenesene okužbe v okviru obveznega zdravstvenega zavarovanja tudi če nimajo bolezenskih znakov ali težav.

V poročilu je zapisano, da preprečevanje SPO temelji predvsem na omejevanju tveganega spolnega vedenja. Pri preprečevanju spolno prenesenih okužb, kot sta sifilis in gonoreja, je to še posebej pomembno v skupini z nesorazmerno visokim deležem okuženih, torej med MSM.

Spodnja slika prikazuje spreminjanje poročane pogostosti uporabe kondoma pri analnih spolnih odnosih v preteklem letu v skupini homoseksualno aktivnih moških, ki se zbirajo na eni od lokacij v Ljubljani, za obdobje 2005–2014. Čeprav gre za zelo orientacijsko spremljanje spreminjanja spolnega vedenja v zelo majhnih priložnostnih vzorcih, rezultati kažejo, da med MSM v Ljubljani nedavno ni bilo izrazitega povečanja tveganega spolnega vedenja.

Število MSM – število moških, ki so v preteklem letu imeli analne spolne odnose z moškimi in so odgovorili na vprašanja o uporabi kondoma.

Celotno poročilo lahko preberete na povezavi:
Vir: NIJZ, Spolno prenesene okužbe v Sloveniji, Letno poročilo 2014

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Does sexuality need to be defined?

During the morning I’ve been reading some articles about MSM. Most of them were about HIV/AIDS, but that’s not the main purpose I want to write about now. Despite this fact, I realize most of the articles also spend too much time trying to explain why men have sex with other men. They point out some men have sex with another men just for fun, some find sexual release with other man more accessible, some are ‘gay for pay’ and get financial rewards, some just like anal sex but they’re ashamed to talk about it with their female partners. Even though we understand why they explain these reasons, does it makes sense? Is it needed to define everyone’s sexuality?

Since the moment we were born, we have to hold the huge responsibility of building our sexuality. Most people just decide to follow established sexuality and gender roles. Society and family force us to assume the main way of the understanding of sexuality: the ‘straight’ one. After that, everything has to be easier in a heteronormative world, you only have to adapt yourself to straight women or men tasks. Why do we follow their guidelines?

We should own our lives and build our sexual identity. We don’t label every sort of sexuality orientation, we only have to know what we want and why, without hurting anybody. We shouldn’t explain the whole world why we like what we like or who we love.

Just have fun, sex and love! (And don’t forget the appropriate protection.) ;)

Jose

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