#TogetherPH

I spent the whole day yesterday doing advocacy work again. I kinda missed it, really. Last year, I really only did one HIV talk at a school event and I've been lax in my large-scale advocacy work as of late. I've been focused on my own life and my recovery. I've given myself some distance…Read more #TogetherPH

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How a Photo of a Tarpaulin Sparked a Discussion on HIV Prevention (Cosmopolitan Philippines)

So there was a little stir in the Internet a few days ago. A group I respect and admire a lot, the Love Yourself organization, held an HIV testing outreach to a school in the city along with TestMNL, a new NGO focused on HIV testing that I've come across on Twitter. They had promotional…Read more How a Photo of a Tarpaulin Sparked a Discussion on HIV Prevention (Cosmopolitan Philippines)

Beneath My Skin (video)

To celebrate World AIDS Day 2016, Niccolo Cosme released a new exhibit called XIV. Niccolo has always used Christian iconography in his art and XIV is an allusion to the stations of the cross. His paintings were painted with HIV-positive blood and narrated the untold stories of people living with HIV in the Philippines. The opening…Read more Beneath My Skin (video)

We can end AIDS together

It's World AIDS Day today. This my ninth year to celebrate World AIDS Day as a person living with HIV. In the Philippines, the HIV situation is considered an epidemic and recently it has been touted as a "youth epidemic" with the most-at-risk and most vulnerable sector of society are young men and women ages…Read more We can end AIDS together

The Road to World AIDS Day 2016

I came to Manila to help launch Niccolo Cosme's upcoming projects leading up to World AIDS Day 2016. Niccolo Cosme's annual Headshot Clinic for World AIDS Day would be making its 8th year and that is a very special event in my life as it marks my personal coming out as a person living with…Read more The Road to World AIDS Day 2016

It might be over soon

I woke up today with this article (and similar ones to this all over my FB newsfeed): HIV cure close after disease 'vanishes' from blood of British man (link / Telegraph) I was overwhelmed. I didn't actually believe that I would be alive to see the cure for HIV. I didn't think it was going…Read more It might be over soon

Better People

Okay, this is going to be a long one. And I'm going to try to stay calm. This is going to be about HIV. A few days ago, I got a message from someone I had met a long while back through Grindr when I still had Grindr. We never met up but we used…Read more Better People