Pinoy Men's Sexual Health Forum

Share information and tips on Male Sexual Health for Filipino Males who have sex with other Males. We focus on guys living, working or spending their leisure time in Quezon City. This is in support of the MSM (Males having Sex with Males) Health Project of the Quezon City Health Department. This project is supported by the MSM Outreach program ReachOut Foundation International and SIGLAH (Sharing Information for Gay and Lesbian Access to Health) of ProGay Philippines.

Location: Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

ProGay Philippines is an advocacy group working for equality for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual Filipinos through learning, organizing, service provision and other community activities.

Monday, May 15, 2006

23rd International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

May 21 Sunday, 6:00 p.m. at the Quezon City Hall grounds. Please bring a candle or two.

Stop the virus, share the information, spread the hope!!!

This is the world's largest and oldest annual HIV/AIDS event. The theme for this year's observance is "Lighting the Path to a Brighter Future." Since 1983, the pandemic has claimed more than 28 million lives, with about 42 million now living with HIV and AIDS.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Campaign, a program of the Global Health Council, (GHC), is a 12-month mobilization project that encourages communities and individuals around the world to become more involved with HIV/AIDS work through participation in a worldwide memorial.

The memorial was designed to honour the memory of those who died because of the virus, demonstrate support to those living with the virus and raise awareness of HIV/AIDS while mobilizing community involvement in the fight against the epidemic. The first International AIDS Candlelight Memorial was held in 1983 in San Francisco and New York when very little was known about HIV/AIDS and no more than a few thousand cases had been reported The Philippines joined the world in the observance of the memorial.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is not widespread as yet. The country has one of the lowest rates (less than 1%) of HIV infection in Asia, prompting experts to describe the status of its spread in the Philippines as "low and slow" while at the same time feel that all the ingredients are present for the epidemic to spread rapidly.

To this end the Department of Health (DOH) again led this year's Candlelight Memorial. A recently issued memorandum directed all government health centers and regional and provincial health offices to advocate and mobilize activities for awareness in coordination with government and non - government organizations.

Different events from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Contact your Quezon City-based gay men and bisexual men's organizations for more details!

ReachOut Foundation tel. 8173743

Order of St. Aelred, tel. 4337277

ProGay Philiippines tel. 3743451

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Use only the correct water-based lubricants everytime you use latex condoms

ONE of the most Frequently Asked Questions is: What is the best lubricant available in the Philippines for safer sex?

We recommend EZ Lubricating Jelly, which comes from the makers of Trust Condoms and Frenzy Party Condoms, DKT Philippines. It is available in convenient sachets worth 15 pesos at Watsons Drugstores and some Mercury Drug outlets.

There is also KY Jelly which is available only in expensive tubes. If both are not available, you can use your own saliva. To economize on EZ lubricating jelly, keep a small squirt bottle of clean water ready to help rehydrate when you feel the jelly going dry.

The following are NOT safe to use with latex condoms:

Baby oil
Hand and body lotions
Cooking oil
Ice cream
Petroleum jelly
Vegetable lard
Hair conditioner

They all contain fats and oils that create microscopic holes in the condoms and can even render condoms weak enough to tear. These make condoms ineffective in preventing sexually transmitted infections.

You should also avoid soaps and shampoos because they contain caustic substances such as potassium hydroxide and lauryl sulfate. They irritate the anus and the tip of the penis, which makes them raw and vulnerable to entry of HIV and other infective agents.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Pare, tara... pag-usapan natin ang Sexual Health... importante ito

Hey there dude... mahilig ka bang gumimik? Punta ka ba mamaya sa Grand Eyeball?

Gusto mo magrelax sa bathhouse at manood ng M2M videos?

Okey din magpahangin sa park or sa circle, tapos, magtambay sa internet cafe... o di kaya mag-videoke tayo sa Cubao.

Wherever you want to meet in Quezon City, okey lang ang trip. Tapos may makita tayong cute at makisig na dream boy, made na ang gabi natin.

Marami pang pwedeng mangyari like Sex Eyeball na One-Night Stands, o di kaya ay orgy party. Kaya dapat alam din natin kung paano pangangalagaan ang ating sexual health para tuloy-tuloy ang sarap at laging nasa party gabi-gabi.

Mahirap na, baka tayo mahawahan ng iba't ibang klase ng Sexually Transmitted Infections. Hindi mo malalaman sa itsura lang kung merong STI ang isang ka-gimik. Madalas kung sino pa ang guwapo at mukhang manly na lalaki, baka sila pa ang merong gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, chlamydia, HIV at crabs.

Kailangan nating pag-usapan ang sexual health dahil maraming dependent na tayo ay malusog at may kakayahang maghanapbuhay. Alalahanin natin ang ating mga pamilya at kapuso na umaasa sa atin.

Laging kumunsulta sa ating sexual health website blog at i-share ito lagi sa ating mga kapartners sa gimikan.

O sige, mga pare, kita-kits tayo sa gimik. Ingat ha?

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Sexual Health Information on Genital Herpes

An infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV: type I and type II.

Type I mainly causes cold sores, though it can infect the genitals and is likely to recur after an initial attack.

Type II herpes only affects the genitals.

Genital herpes is spread by intimate sexual contact, especially oral sex. An infected person may not have any visible sores or ulcers in their mouth.

There are 2 phases in genital herpes - primary/first episode herpes and recurrent herpes.

Primary / First Episode Herpes
Primary infection with genital herpes is usually more severe and lasts longer than recurrent attacks, generally 2 to 3 weeks .

Groups of small blisters are the first signs.

The blisters usually break down to form shallow ulcers in the genital/ anal area.
Swelling of groin lymph glands.

Recurrent Herpes
Recurrent herpes is usually milder than the primary infection and usually heals within a week.

Recurrent herpes may be preceded by itch and irritation in the area where the blisters have not yet appeared.

Not everyone who is infected with HSV gets recurrent attacks and there is no way of predicting how often the attacks will occur.

In general the attacks tend to become less frequent as time goes by.

Herpes recurs because the virus hides in the nerve roots between attacks and reappears periodically to cause symptoms and signs.


Using condoms for anal and oral sex will reduce your chances of getting infected.

But sometimes all it takes is skin contact for the virus to spread.

Once infected, telling your current and previous sexual partners will prevent them passing it to others.


Diagnosed by its characteristic clinical appearance, and a culture test helps to confirm the diagnosis.

There is no cure for herpes. Once you have it, you are infected for life.
However it is not a life threatening infection in adults

Anti-viral drugs may be prescribed after an initial attack.

For most people, subsequent attacks are relatively mild and of short duration.

No drugs to date have been shown to halt or reduce the number of recurrent attacks permanently.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ano Ang Sexually Transmitted Infections?

Ang STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) ay mga iba’t ibang uri ng mga impeksyong nakukuha sa pamamagitan ng pakikipagtalik sa taong mayroon nito ng walang proteksyon - sa pamamagitan ng ari, puwitan at bibig.

Maari kang mahawahan ng STI

Ang paglipat ng impeksyon ay nangyayari sa pamamagitan ng mga apat na likido sa katawan (dugo, semilya, mga likido sa ari ng babae at gatas ng ina) sa isang taong nahawahan.

Picture sa kaliwa: Kulugo or Human Papiloma virus infection

Bagama’t ang mga STI ay parehong nakakaapekto sa babae at lalaki, mas madaling mahawahan ng impeksyon ang mga kababaihan.

Mas malala rin ang mga komplikasyon sa babae lalo na sa panahon ng pagbubuntis, bago at pagkatapos manganak na maaring ikamatay ng sanggol.

Genital Herpes or Herpes Simplex

Mga palatandaan ng STI sa Lalaki:

• Nana na lumalabas sa ari
• Pangangati ng ari at sa paligid nito
• Masakit na singaw o paltos sa ari at sa paligid nito
• Mga bukol sa ari o sa paligid nito
• Hapdi o sakit sa pag-ihi
• Pamamaga ng bayag

* Maari rin na walang maramdaman at makitang sintomas ang lalaki na may impeksyon nito ngunit kadalasan ay napapansin ito 3 hanggang 5 araw pagkalipas ng pakikipagtalik ng isang taong may impeksyon.

Mga palatandaan ng STI sa Babae:

• Masakit at mahapding pagihi
• Kakaibang kulay ng likido na lumalabas sa ari
• Makirot o mahapding singaw sa loob o paligid ng bibig
• Bukol sa ari o paligid
• Pananakit ng puson
• Pangangati ng ari
• Masakit na pakiramdam tuwing nakikipagtalik
• Pagdugo ng ari pagkatapos makipagtalik

* Ang kawalan ng sintomas o palatandaan ay hindi nangangahulugang walang STI. Kung minsan walang sintomas ang STI lalo na sa babae.

4 C’s ng STI Management

C- Counseling. Kumunsulta agad sa doctor o health worker upang malaman ang tamang impormasyon tungkol sa STI, huwag gamutin and sarili (do NOT self-medicate)

C- Condom Use. Palagian at tamang paggamit ng Condom tuwing makikipagtalik.

C- Compliance for Treatment. Inumin ang lahat ng gamut na inireseta ng doktor. Ang hindi pagsunod ditto ay maaring maging sanhi ng hindi paggaling at paglala ng STI. Huwag makipagtalik sa panahon ng gamutan o kung hindi maiiwasan, gumamit ng condom.

C- Contact Tracing. Pagpapacheck-up ng iyong ka-partner o mga nagging kapareha upang malaman kung sila ay may STI.

Kung inaakala mo na ikaw ay may STI, huwag mahiya, huwag matakot. Kumunsulta agad sa Doktor o pumunta sa pinkamalapit na Social Hygiene Clinic.

Contact your ReachOut Peer Outreach Worker kung nahihiya kang lumapit sa doctor, Tel. 3673109

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Health Information on HIV/AIDS

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).

The virus attacks the body's immune system, which is your defense against infections.

AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection and is life-threatening. People living with HIV may get infections such as an unusual type of pneumonia, or develop skin cancer or other types of cancers.

Kaposi's sarcoma, a type of cancer that can afflict a person with advanced AIDS

How HIV/AIDS is spread

The virus is spread through body fluids such as blood, semen, pre-semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk.

To become infected with HIV, the virus must have a way into your body. This can occur during unprotected sex (vaginal, anal, oral) or when needles or other injecting (skin-piercing) equipment are shared.

Sharing sex toys can also spread the virus from one partner to another.

HIV is not spread by everyday social contact. Touching, hugging and shaking hands with a person living with HIV/AIDS are all safe. Insects and pets cannot spread HIV.

The disease usually progresses through four stages.

Stage 1
In the initial weeks of infection, the person experiences symptoms similar to those of glandular fever. Antibodies to the virus are usually formed at this time (3-12 weeks after infection).

Stage 2
Following infection, there is a long period during which the person has few or no symptoms, but HIV is detectable through the presence of antibodies. This period may last from 3 to 8 years after the initial infection.

Stage 3
As the virus begins to destroy the immune system, symptoms such as weight loss, fever, diarrhoea and lymph gland enlargement may commence. This stage is known as persistent generalised lymphodenopathy.

Stage 4
The full AIDS syndrome develops when the immune system is severely damaged. The person may become terminally ill with infections, cancers or neurological disorders. Forty per cent of infections progress to the full AIDS syndrome within seven years.
Stay Healthy Longer: Fight Infections

People with HIV can get many infections (called opportunistic infections, or OIs). Many of these illnesses are very serious, and need to be treated. Some can be prevented.

Below are the parts of the body that can be harmed and the medical name for each infection.

How to tell if you have HIV

A simple blood test can tell you if you have HIV. It is called the HIV antibody test.

A positive test result means that you have HIV.

A negative result means that no antibodies to HIV were found in your blood at the time of testing. Most positive tests will show up within three months of a person becoming infected with HIV.

Lower your chances of getting HIV by

* discussing HIV and other STIs with your partner(s)
* considering other things like caressing and touching instead of having sex
* both of you being tested for HIV before having sex with a new partner
* having sex only with a partner who agrees to protect both of you
* remembering not to share items that could result in the exchange of blood, semen or vaginal fluids. This includes injection, piercing and tattooing equipment, sex toys, toothbrushes and razors

How to Help Yourself

1. Go to a clinic or doctor for regular check-ups. That way, you can spot problems early and get help right away.

2. Keep your body's immune system (its defense against disease) as strong as you can. This means eating healthy foods, getting enough rest and exercise, and staying away from alcohol, cigarettes, and street drugs. It may also mean taking medicine, even when you feel well.

3. Watch for signs of infection, and report them right away. Call the doctor or clinic if you notice any of these problems:

* Diarrhea
* Cough
* Sores
* Persistent or severe headaches
* Feeling tired all the time
* Fever
* Blurry eyesight
* Vaginal discharge, burning, or itching that does not go away
* Irregular menstrual bleeding or abdominal pain that does not go away

These signs do not always mean you have an infection, but you may need tests to find out. It is important to tell the clinic nurse or doctor as soon as you have a problem.

4. Ask if you need to take medicines to prevent or delay some infections like PCP pneumonia.

5. Take medicines as directed. Do not stop taking any medicines until the doctor or nurse tell you to. If you stop taking the medicines too soon, the infection may come back and be harder to treat.

Scientists have made progress against infections linked to AIDS, and they are looking for new ways to help people with HIV stay healthy longer.

Today, many new drugs are being tested. You may be able to take part in one of these tests. If a new drug works, you may help yourself and others to fight infections better.

If you are interested, talk to your doctor or clinic nurse. Or call the numbers on the next page to find out more.


* To help you stay healthy, be sure to go to your doctor or clinic regularly.
* Learn how to keep your body's immune system strong.
* Watch for signs of infection and call the clinic or your doctor right away if you think you might be sick.
* If you need to take medicine, be sure you know how and when to take it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Sexual Health Information about Gonorrhea

Akala mo malinis at walang sintomas? Karamihan ng tao na may gonorrhea infections ay asymptomatic, walang kirot at mukhang healthy. Maaaring carrier ka o ang partner mo kahit kilatisin up close! Siya nga pala, meron ding gonorrhea sa bibig at lalamunan.

Makakatulong ang wasto at palagiang paggamit ng CONDOMS tuwing gigimik ng oral, anal at vaginal sex.Para matiyak kung gonorrhea or ibang klaseng impeksyon ang nakaapekto sa iyo, kumunsulta sa doktor. NEVER NEVER SELF-MEDICATE dahil magiging resistant lang sa antibiotic ang germs.


You may have heard of this STI by other names such as "tulo." Gonorrhea is a common STI which, if not treated early, can cause serious health problems.

Gonorrhea in women left untreated could lead to a painful, long-term condition called PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) and infertility (the inability to have children).

A pregnant woman can pass gonorrhea to her baby during birth, and cause a serious eye infection or blindness.

You can get gonorrhea from oral, vaginal and anal sex.

The symptoms and signs

If you catch gonorrhea from having sex with an infected partner, you might not notice any symptoms. If you do, they will appear three to five days after sex.

Even if you don't have symptoms, you can have gonorrhea and you can pass it on to others.

What to look for


discharge from the penis, may be thick and yellow-green in colour
burning feeling when urinating
pain or swelling in the testicles
possible rectal pain
rectal discharge


new or different discharge from the vagina
a burning feeling when urinating
pain in the lower abdomen
fever and chills
pain during sex
vaginal bleeding between periods
vaginal bleeding after intercourse
possible rectal pain
rectal discharge

To test for gonorrhea, a swab of the area is usually taken or a new urine test may be used at some centres.

How gonorrhea is treated

See a doctor or go to a clinic and, if you have gonorrhea, tell your partner.

Adapted from the Public Health Agency of Canada (

Contact your Peer Outreach Worker to discuss your symptoms first, if you are shy about going straight to your health service provider. You can try to call Oscar at tel. 3673109 or email