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Where do you go to get off?

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You wake up in the middle of the night with a glorious boner, feeling rather in the mood. You fumble for your phone in the folds of the duvet to look at the time. It’s 2:47am... Now what? If you were George Michael you’d probably slink into your tightest jeans, commando style, and go outside, to the nearest park. The mere thought of sex in public places, the thrill that you might get caught... I wonder if he used a condom?GeorgeMichael3

Okay, so there you are. All worked up and nowhere to go. After all, this is Africa and it’s shrinking cold out there. The next best thing; you tap your favourite app. If you’re just looking for visual stimulation you might go to Pinterest or Tumblr (the latter being a gateway to a world of saucy). But if you want something interactive and connect with like-minded guys, you’d probably choose Grindr. Given that you know how to take a good selfie, maybe do a little bit of photo editing; your profile pic will have your phone singing in seconds... Vrrt! Vrrt! And the guys start queueing for your attention. Grammar is hardly ever a priority but who cares, right?

Hi how you

hii how r u handsome

Nice

U up for meet?

I’ll massage you and pay you to let me.

And so forth...

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WETHEBRAVE campaign targets men who have sex with men

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Men who have sex with men (MSM) are South Africa’s most at risk population for HIV acquisition and transmission. For this reason ‘WeTheBrave’, a sexual health campaign, has been launched with MSM in mind. This will be the first large scale campaign ever in this country to specifically address gay men and other men who have sex with men.

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The launch event took place in Newtown, Johannesburg on Thursday 25 June with a who’s who of LGBT and HIV activists in attendance. They were entertained by a performance by Odidi Mfenyana and heard messages from Sir Elton John, Professor James McIntyre, and others.

Spearheaded by the Anova Health Institute, and funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the WeTheBrave.co.za campaign will address both prevention and treatment issues in an affirming, non-judgemental and sex positive way, which will be entertaining and engaging.

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L.A.D.S

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ladssmallLife's A Drag Show

Come join us for a night of laughs as we take you into the world of a drag queen.
Our Lads will take you backstage, into their dressing rooms and let it all hang out.
See how these ladies transform into objects of perfection, and hear them sing the tunes life should have on its permanent play list.

This live vocal extravaganza is lightly dusted with quirky comments, high energy dance numbers and beautiful costumes that all combine to make this the drag revue of the year!

World class prosthetics that you have to see to believe, and glamorous wigs combine to bring the art of drag to the stage. Marvel at the combination of modern culture and the ancient art form of drag.

Let our all feMALE cast tickle you warm this winter, bring a group of friends, enjoy a cocktail, sit back and laugh at life!

L.A.D.S will be running at the Fringe @Joburg Theatre from the 8 July 2015 - 2 August 2015
To book your tickets
visit www.joburgtheatre.co.za
Or call 0861 670 670
Only 23 shows!

HATE CRIMES THREATEN EVERYONE

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The Hate Crimes Working Group and Peace Action, are concerned about the growing climate of violence in South Africa. The frequent and vicious outbreaks of xenophobic violence, violence against women and violence against the LGBTQI community, to name a few, are threatening the security of all who live in South Africa.HR

The increasing levels of intolerance and anger, expressed violently, have a devastating impact on those who are most vulnerable and marginalised in society - such as women, children, LGBTQI, foreigners and the destitute. The repeated xenophobic attacks during the past decade against refugees and other non-South Africans are adding to a culture of intolerance and resulting in violence, pain and suffering for victims of this violence. The government has failed to adequately respond to these incidents and do the work necessary to prevent continued incidences of xenophobic violence,
and to create a safe environment for non-South Africans living in South Africa.

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Anova Health Institute heralds new era in HIV prevention

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The Anova Health Institute, the lead organisation addressing HIV among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Africa, welcomes the announcement of exciting developments regarding HIV prevention at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. The conference is currently taking place in Seattle, Washington.

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Researchers have confirmed the results of an earlier randomised trial and presented unequivocal evidence that the use of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) can be used as a reliable biomedical HIV prevention strategy by MSM when taken in advance of potential exposure to the virus. Referred to as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), such use of specific ARVs allows men to use chronic medication to prevent becoming HIV positive.

The findings relate specifically to MSM following the early completion of two studies, in France and England respectively, that provide dramatic proof of the efficacy of PrEP among the key population. In both of these studies, men were protected against HIV infection while taking the drugs, with a reduction in risk of over 80%. Significantly, the studies also demonstrated that men, who requested access to PrEP, were able to manage the treatment successfully, including necessary adherence.

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