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Dr. Rad talks Flu Jab

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Dr. Oscar Radebe, Clinical Manager: Senior Medical and Communications Consultant for Health4Men, answers some questions about getting the flu vaccine.OscarRadebe
1. What is the flu vaccine, and how does it work?
Flu vaccines are created to protect against seasonal flu, which affects millions of people each year. The vaccine is trivalent, which means it is three vaccines combined into one to protect against three common viruses: influenza A (H1N1) virus, influenza A (H3N2) virus, and the influenza B virus. The vaccine is injected to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies, which can take up to 2 weeks to fight against the virus. So, it is recommended that you get a vaccine, at least, a month before flu season starts (May/June).
2. My friend said that he got sick after he took the vaccine. Is it possible that the vaccine itself can make you sick?
No, the flu vaccine does not make you sick, but there could be other reasons why you became ill and the common ones are:
• You vaccinated late and had already been exposed to the flu virus
• Your immune system was weak at that time of vaccination, so your body could not produce enough antibodies to fight the flu
• You vaccinated in time, but the strain of the flu virus in that particular year has mutated or changed and has become resistant to the vaccine that you got

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WETHEBRAVE.CO.ZA launches Cover Your Butt

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Fashion designer Stiaan Louw has been enlisted by the WETHEBRAVE.co.za campaign to design a limited edition range of underwear for a campaign titled ‘Cover Your Butt’.Maycover

Spearheaded by the Anova Health Institute, WETHEBRAVE.co.za is the first large scale sexual health campaign ever in South Africa to specifically address gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) - South Africa’s most at risk population for HIV acquisition and transmission.

With pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication now readily available in South Africa, HIV prevention could become as easy and routine as changing one’s underwear. PrEP is a combination of two antiretroviral drugs, which if taken daily by HIV negative individuals, can drastically reduce HIV infection.

There are concerns however, that people taking PrEP will be more inclined to drop their drawers, becoming more promiscuous and sexually reckless as a result. Professor James McIntyre, CEO of the Anova Health Institute, believes that this is merely a myth. He says, “Taking PrEP means keeping yourself safe and covering your butt by being responsible for and taking ownership of your health and well-being.”

The underwear range visually brings across the concept of ‘covering your butt’ and raises awareness around safe sex and amongst MSM. They also capture the WETHEBRAVE.co.za corporate identity and use the fun, striking colours associated with the brand. We used one of the photographs taken of the range for the May cover of Exit

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Activist comes out as a non-binary* person to US President Obama during London speech

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Maria Munir told President Barack Obama something the 20-year-old had not revealed to anyone, including family. During a question and answer session with young people in London, the York University student came out as non-binary.

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‘I’m about to do something terrifying, which is I’m coming out to you as a non-binary person,’ Munir said, according to the BBC. ‘It means that I don’t fit because I’m from a Pakistani-Muslim background which inevitably has complications.’
The Watford resident, who is running for office, wanted to know what Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron could do ‘to go benefit what’s been accepted as the LGBTQ rights movement,’ specifically when laws like HB2 are being passed in North Carolina.
The president praised Munir for the ‘steps you have already taken to speak out about your own experience and then to try to create a social movement to change laws.’
He added Prime Minister Cameron was ‘way ahead of the curve on LGBT issues, relative to a lot of world leaders around the world and even here in the UK.’
While admitting there was little he could do to change North Carolina’s new law, because of the rules of US governance, the president noted the LGBTI movement has seen strides few imagined.
‘It doesn’t feel fast enough for you,’ Obama said. ‘And that’s good. You shouldn’t feel satisfied. You should keep pushing, but I think the trend lines are good on this.’

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Ricky Martin shows off new beau on the red carpet

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Ricky Martin brought his new man to the 2016 amfAR Inspiration Gala in São Paulo, Brazil recently, and the two were not just walking down the red carpet together — they were proudly holding hands with their fingers interlocked.

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Martin’s plus one is 31-year-old London-based artist Jwan Yosef, said to be born in Syria and raised in Sweden.
Martin, 44, later posted a picture of the couple on his Instagram account with a one-word caption, ‘Yup.’

This is the first time Martin acknowledges to the public that he has a new love interest in his life since his 2014 breakup with Carlos González Abella, whom he was in a relationship with for around 6 years. They were together when Martin came out as gay in 2010, and were even rumoured to have plans for marriage.

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Pope Francis has failed LGBT people

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By Peter Tatchell

 

"The Pope promised reform but has reconfirmed traditional Catholic doctrine on same-sex relationships. He has ignored submissions and appeals by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics. Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality. Joy of Love offers a change of tone, not of substance,” said LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

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Mr Tatchell was responding to Pope Francis’s publication recently of his new declaration on family life, Joy of Love.

"Only 'unjust' discrimination is condemned, which implies that some forms of discrimination against LGBT people are justified. All across the world, the Catholic Church is opposing LGBT equality and defending legal discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity,” added Mr Tatchell.

"The harsh, homophobic Catholic catechism remains in force. It states that same-sex relations are 'intrinsically disordered', a 'grave depravity' and 'contrary to natural law': ‘Under no circumstances can they be approved.’

“According to Vatican teaching, same-sex couples must remain chaste and desist from sharing sexual fulfilment, even if they are married or in a civil partnership. This is cruel and heartless," said Mr Tatchell.

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