AIDSpheriences: World AIDS Day in the Philippines

The Philippines participated in commemorating The World AIDS Day 2016 event last Thursday, 1 December. In the Quezon City Memorial Circle, several non-government organizations along with directives from the Department of Health (DOH), Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS(UNAIDS), and the World Health Organization (WHO) joined together to lead the advocacy of promoting sexual health awareness and ending the stigma that still looms around HIV/ AIDS today.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jemuel Titan, LoveYourself’s Precious “Jem”

Jemuel Titan, more popularly known as “Jamie Well Titan,” or just simply “Jem,” has been consistently counseling for more than a year as a volunteer at LoveYourself. His dedication to guiding others in finding out their HIV status has made him one of the top counselors of LoveYourself Anglo, having helped over three hundred clients.

#HackingHIV: LoveYourself and PrEP Pilipinas Launch New HIV Intervention Program

HIV awareness and advocacy organization LoveYourself hosted #HackingHIV as part of its launch activities to introduce PrEP, an HIV prevention method, in the Philippines. In conjunction with project PrEP Pilipinas, in-charge of introducing the innovation into the country, the event was held at Greenbelt 3’s myCinema in Makati City last 29 November.

HIVisions – HIV/AIDS, the Roman Catholic Church of the Philippines, and Moving Christianity Forward

The HIV crisis has gone on for four decades, and for four decades the world has struggled against it. Doctors, scientists, educators, policy makers, writers, artists — people of all walks and all colors have, in their own ways, sought to make sense of this crisis and its relationship with society. From citizens to states, from medicine to prayer, from cures to cries for reform, people’s visions of how to respond to the crisis are as diverse as the people who bear its scars. The goal of this series is to give you a glimpse of these visions: the roles people of different passions and disciplines have played in this crisis that, as of March 2016 as recorded by the Department of Health’s Epidemiology Bureau, is infecting 25 Filipinos daily

The LoveYourself Testing Experience

Admittedly, getting tested for HIV is not one of the easiest things you’ll ever do in your life – in fact, it can be one of the most unnerving experiences you’ll ever have to go through. There are a myriad of reasons why you are getting tested – it may be a follow-up test to your previous result several months ago, or a requirement for getting recruited overseas, or you just simply decided to take the plunge and get yourself tested for the first time. Regardless of the reason, it’s difficult to really get the hang of it – whether it’s your first or fifth time getting tested. In any case, getting tested is the only definitive way to know whether you will turn out “reactive” or “nonreactive”.

Hottest Gay Guy in the Philippines Takes The Test – MGWP Winner Invites Everyone to Incognito 2.0

Taking a bolder step as a modern gay guy, John Raspado is the lead ambassador of LoveYourself Incognito 2.0, which is the country’s most trusted community-based HIV screening that is free, anonymous and fast.

MGWP First Runner-Up on Promoting Fitness and Sexual Health to Fight the Stigma on HIV

Cognizant of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, LoveYourself, Inc. strengthens the promotion of its HIV awareness campaign with its newest ambassador, Mister Gay World Philippines 2016 1st runner-up John Bench T. Ortiz.

Volunteer Spotlight: Monching Domingo Co, a Lover and a Fighter

LoveYourself counselor and single dad Monching has had his fair share of ups and downs, but his unwavering spirit and constant inspirations in life have gotten him through hell and high water time and time again.

Memoirs of a Counselor: My First Reactive Client

Not all people respond the same way to HIV. Marahil mahirap tanggapin ng sarili ang katotohanan tungkol sa kaniyang HIV status kapag ito’y reactive, na siyang dahilan kung bakit marami sa mga PLHIV ay nagtatago na lamang sa labis na kahihiyan sa halip na humingi ng tulong upang magpagamot. At ito na nga ang tinatawag nilang stigma. Masasabi ko na marahil hindi talaga lubusang maihahanda ng mga HIV awareness programs ang mga damdamin ng isang tao kapag siya ay binabalitaan na siya mismo ay may HIV. Maaari nating sabihin na ang stigma, sa kabila ng ating pagsisikap na labanan ito, ay hindi lubusang mapapawi.

LoveYourself Creates New Batch of Volunteers, Known as “Kinaadman”

LoveYourself welcomes its first batch of newly-recruited volunteers for 2016, collectively known as Batch Kinaadman.