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)

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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

Why can’t we be safe?

This morning, I ended up chatting with a friend. He was asking for another friend who had a casual sexual encounter with someone. Drugs were involved and unprotected sex and he was scared that he might have gotten infected with HIV. This person was asking my friend when was the best time to get tested…Read more Why can’t we be safe?

post World AIDS Day thoughts

I wasn't able to write anything new for World AIDS Day yesterday because... you know what? I don't know why I couldn't. It's weird to have to write about World AIDS Day when you aren't at the front lines anymore. Usually, I'd have a few events already scheduled and I've been doing extra research and…Read more post World AIDS Day thoughts