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Our friend Ana Santos recently published a column in the Manila Times and on her blog entitled “Being Positive About HIV/AIDS“.  She has graciously granted us permission to repost the column here, but you can also read it on her website.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

By Ana Santos
Being positive about HIV/AIDS

By the time that this column comes out, the 9th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Bali, Indonesia would have come to an end.

ICAAP is the world’s second biggest gathering of HIV/AIDS public health-care specialists, policy makers, international donor groups, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV/PLWA), and HIV/AIDS activists from various backgrounds to share knowledge, skills, ideas and research related to HIV and AIDS.

As the conference comes to an end, I now reflect on the many things that made an impact on me during this Congress—my first ever HIV/AIDS conference.

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GuttmacherIn the latest issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, a quarterly journal pubished by the Guttmacher Institute, there are two articles that focus on the role of pleasure and arousal in safer sex behaviors.

One, “Women’s Experiences with Anal Sex: Motivations and Implications for STD Prevention,” found that women in the study often engaged in anal sex out of a desire to pleasure their partners or increase intimacy in their relationships. When women perceived condoms as decreasing pleasure, they were much less likely to use them for anal sex. The authors conclude that more work should be done to find ways of promoting safe and pleasurable sex.

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PlayboyEveryone over here on the Pleasure Project team was super excited to see our name in the latest issue of Playboy in the Philippines! The article occupies an illustrious three pages, and describes in detail some of our tips for sexing up your safer sex life.

The more adventurous ones can experiment with having their partner put it on with her mouth – it’ll drive you crazy! She can gently suck the teat of the condom between her teeth (no biting!) and then roll it down your penis, licking you on the way down. (p. 88)

You can see the complete information about the September issue at Playboy‘s website, and pick up a copy at newsstands in the Philippines!

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Look out for a new piece ‘Promoting Safer Sex Through Pleasure: Lessons from 15 countries’, due out in March. Read the flyer here.

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