Sunday, December 13, 2009

MSM are the leading men

Hi friends and friends of freinds,

I am sharing and re-posting the 2009 IHBSS data presented by the Department of Health.

Fact is, HIV infections have increased by at least 400% among MSM in the Philippines. Hence, MSM are the leading men.!%20-%2011dec09.pdf


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Busy times

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Sigh… I have not posted anything (10 days after my birthday to be exact). I’ve been busy with a lot of things lately. I’ve have a lot of stuff in my mind that I should put into writing but, lately, I just can’t seem to find time to do it. I don’t bring my laptop with me (ang laki kasi.. I should invest on a Mac book na) kaya I write my thoughts on paper. But when I get hold of a pen a paper, all my mind and my hand want to do it doodle and draw. LOL.

Anyway, here are my activities for the past week and the coming days:

1. Rapid (test) screening for HIV – Venue: in front of Bed bar in Malate. The Social Hygiene Clinic is still at it so if your keen to learning your HIV status, feel free to drop by. The screening if for free (I used the word “free” twice).

2. National Consensus and Consultative Meeting for people living with HIV (NCCM: November 29 – December 1, 2009).

3. Visit RITM for CD4 count. – Nope not me. I had to post as a tour guide for some Poz from Davao and accompany them to RITM to get their CD4 count.

4. Photo shoot with Nicolo Cosme for Headshot Clinic’s (HSC) World AIDS day photography exhibit. – You heard it. I am gonna be a part of HSC’s Wold AIDS day portfolio for 2009. Nic mentioned that opening will be on December 9, 2009 at Greenbelt Makati. But please see HSC’s website for exhibition date details.

5. Speaking engagements in Santiago, Isabela. – I will be visiting Santiago Isabela from December 7-9, 2009. It’s my first time to go there and I heard that it’s 7-8 hours travel by bus. They are celebrating World AIDS there and I am part of the speaking entourage. They also invited me to take part in the lecture in one of the Universities there.

6. Voluntary Counseling and Testing - December 10, 2009 in Pedro Gil, Manila @ Kimberly Hotel

7. Christmas parties - Dec11 in RITM/ Dec12 (afternoon) in Tagaytay with Cavite HIV Task Force/ Dec12 (evening) with UPCFA friends.

8. Davao getaway – I am visiting Davao for the first time and check out how liveable the southern metro is. I am visiting second week of January 2010.

9. And of course I have to work - Call boy (call center boy), grave yard shift during weekdays.

Being HIV Poz was a blessing in disguise. My eat-drink-and-be-merry-party-till-you-drop paradigm was transformed into an I-want-world-peace-and-make-this-world-a-better-place-to-live-in life.

Living with HIV gave me a purpose, found my self new friends and gave me a meaningful life. I am building my life and living it… and enjoying the busyness it brings.

Well this is me. I’ve always appreciated everything that life gives me. As for you… get tested, be safe, stay safe and use protection.