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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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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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On April 16, 2009, Wendy Knerr presented a Pleasure Project workshop to a Share-Net meeting in the Netherlands. Share-Net is the Dutch network of development organizations and individual consultants working in the field of sexual & reproductive health and rights, and HIV. Among those present were members of the Universal Access to the Female Condom Joint Programme (UAFC), who published an article in their newsletter about the meeting.

Wendy Knerr proudly shows us a pink little bag. “this is what is sold in one of our partner countries, it is so cool, and so sexy!” We all wait curiously when she opens the bag. “ Look!” , she says while removing a transparent object with a white ring. Enthusiastically she explains that this object enhances sexual pleasure: the white ring should be inserted in the vagina of the woman; she can do it herself, or even better: ask her partner to do it. The man enjoys the top, the woman the outer ring. “This is such a sexy tool to prevent the woman from pregnancy and STIs! It is called… a female condom.”

Thanks for the great write-up!

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Inter Press Service

A World AIDS Day report on the global effort to eroticize safer sex and improve sexual health. Read the article.


This global source for news and analysis on HIV and AIDS reported on The Pleasure Project’s presentations at the 2008 International AIDS Conference in Mexico City (August 2008). Read the article.

They also covered our work at the 8th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), in Colombo, Sri Lanka (August 2007). Read the article.

More pleasurable headlines

Time to stand up for the condom
Sydney Morning Herald (7 Dec 2006)
The hardcore way to safer sex
The Times (3 Sep 2005)
Whatever happened to the Femidom?
The Guardian (23 Aug 2005)
Lunch with the Lancet
The Lancet (12 February 2005)
10 love moves no man can resist
Cosmo extra (Mar 2005)
Can safe sex be good sex?
Choices magazine (Dec 2004)

The 2006 International AIDS Conference

“The Pleasure Project first shook things up at the … AIDS conference in 2002 … At the 2004 Bangkok AIDS conference, the organisation hosted a discussion on introducing pleasure into sexual health programming … Their ‘Global Mapping of Pleasure’ initiative is a rich resource of projects and organisations that put pleasure first in AIDS prevention…”

“Mitchell [Warren, executive director of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative] praised The Pleasure Project, a British-based organization that works “to put the pleasure back in safer sex” and presents female condoms as a sex toy.” Ms. Magazine

“Lessons in erotic art, pornography and talking dirty have been a spicy addition to the global AIDS forum here as campaigners try to make safe sex, well, sexy. “Sex sells,” commented one of over 100 delegates who crammed into a tiny room for a seminar entitled ‘Where is the Pleasure in Safe Sex?’ Yahoo! News

“ … The Pleasure Project … has helped health educators in Cambodia to break the shyness barrier in talking about sex … compiled a list of dozens of groups worldwide pushing the Kama Sutra to teach prostitutes how to pleasure clients without penetration and other tricks, and showed British film directors how to use condoms in porn movies “in a sexy way … ” Yahoo! News

2005 Erotic Awards Nominee: “Campaigner of the Year”

The Erotic Awards raises funds for Outsiders, a disability charity that runs the National Sex and Disability Helpline and a unique club that enables disabled people to make new friends and find sexual partners. In 2005, The Pleasure Project’s Anne Philpott was nominated as “Campaigner of the Year”. Read more about the Erotic Awards>>>


The Pleasure Project was mentioned in this World AIDS Day report on the global effort to eroticize safer sex and improve sexual health.

The Pleasure Project emphasises that local sensibilities should be considered while planning programmes. For example, in 2004, it facilitated a ‘pleasure proficiency’ training for Cambodia’s sexual health educators and urged them to recognise the need to integrate the principles of pleasure into sexual and reproductive health training materials.

In its work the project draws on traditional knowledge around erotic art that has been in practice for centuries in many countries, but may have become submerged due to various reasons. “We have learnt much from the huge range of global pleasure advocates that we have met about local contexts in terms of the most effective way to market safer sex,” Philpott said.

You can read the full article at the Inter Press Service website.

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