Thursday, February 20, 2020

A Performance That Truly Got Under My Skin


By Ryan De Torres
The Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) latest offering, Under My Skin, is one of the most unique plays I have ever watched. I must say, to be able to conceptualize the play, the writer must have gone through a lot of painstaking research of the current situation of HIV in the Philippines, stories of people living with HIV (PLHIV), and modes of transmission of HIV. All to provide the audience with the most accurate information while widening their perspective of HIV andAIDS as a public health threat that needs awareness, attention, and collaborative effort to lessen its burden to individuals and communities.
LoveYourself Volunteers at the PETA Theater for Under My Skin
I was amazed by how PETA delivered the play. It was creatively and interactively done to capture the attention of the audience for them to realize their vital role in fighting against misinformation, stigmatization, and discrimination related to HIV and AIDS. By watching the play, I came to think that HIV education and services could not only be done in a classroom, clinic, or hospital setting but also on the stage of a theater. 
Audience members asking LoveYourself volunteers about
contraceptive methods to prevent HIV transmission
Imagine having free HIV testing being offered during the play while high caliber theater actors and actresses are giving justice to their roles. Truly everyone was able to leave a mark. I loved the transitions of the stories that depict the different modes of HIV transmission, and I was surprised by how stories were juxtaposed. The importance of attaining an undetectable status was explained which made it clear for the audience to understand that a person living with HIV can live a healthy and quality life.  Undetectable Equal Untransmittable (U=U) sheds light and hope to every PLHIV who is taking effective antiretroviral therapy where the viral load becomes so low that it is undetectable (less than 50 copies per milliliter of blood).

After the play, the audience showed a lot of interest and appreciation for the story that was told. Even though it was my second time around watching the play, it still excited me, especially when I saw Cherry Pie Picache was there. 
I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to represent LoveYourself Inc. for the talkback after the play. The audience gave their commendations. There were a lot of questions related to misconceptions about HIV transmission, and living with HIV. Laws and policies regarding the rights of PLHIV were raised. I was really glad with the participation and engagement of the audience which makes me feel confident that the play was able to heighten their awareness on HIV. Kudos to PETA, Red Whistle, and the LoveYourself team for making Under My Skin such a wonderful experience!
Still, much has to be done in HIV advocacy. I am proud to be a member of LoveYourself that passionately strives to offer services in the spectrum of HIV prevention, testing, and management. The community does its work so diligently to reach people of different settings to impart not only broader knowledge on HIV and testing, but provide a unique sense of care for those who reach back to us. The organization continuously reassesses its stand in responding to the booming epidemic of HIV in the Philippines to ensure that it offers relevant, efficient, effective, and population-based programs and interventions. Recently, the community started to provide Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) coupled with PrEPpy Peers who are ready to render education, assistance, and guidance for individuals who would avail the service to ensure the effectiveness through proper use. Moreover, the community is proud to have its HIV Caravan that extensively creates partnerships with different schools, companies, and organizations to provide HIV education and awareness.
Talkback Panel with an engaged audience after Under My Skin

We are in a period of increasing HIV cases in the country. What is aggravates the situation is the lack of awareness, knowledge, and education of people across different ages, SOGIEs, socioeconomic statuses, religions, education, and professions that worsen the epidemic of HIV misinformation, stigmatization, and discrimination that are hindering people from accessing available HIV services. These prevent people from taking charge of their sexual health through timely HIV testing and treatment, and prevention. In this matter, everyone has a significant role to play to change the way HIV is viewed. Everyone can
DARE to learn about HIV, SHARE the correct information, and CARE for those who are in need. Be the seed of love that create transformative and responsible communities.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

GLAMMed Up for Valentine's Day

by LoveYourself Communications

LoveYourself, Inc. once again co-presented GLAMM: (Gays, Lesbians, And Many More), a phenomenal LGBTQ+ party. GLAMM is going for its third run this Valentine's Day on February 14, 2020, at Cove Manila in Okada Manila. Cove Manila is the biggest indoor beach club and night club in Southeast Asia that continuously supporting the advocacies of LoveYourself for HIV awareness and inclusivity.




Bearing in mind that there's unity in diversity, the first GLAMM edition in July 2019 sent terrific stories of triumph for solidarity. That inevitably led to GLAMM's second edition in October 2019, where another explosive night was witnessed and enjoyed by the guests. This advocacy party also promoted self-empowerment with Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and Miss Universe-Philippine 2019 Gazini Ganados alongside HIV awareness and LQBTQ rights. Those were significant and unforgettable experiences at Cove Manila while grooving to the music and soaking to spectacular performances!


Due to the success of GLAMM parties in 2019, LoveYourself highly supports GLAMM III as its partner, bringing great pride and the message of love to everyone no matter what gender you are right on the heart's day, February 14! Skilled and energetic Cove Manila resident DJs Everyday People and Mike Lavet, together with equally talented guest DJs Cal Soesanto and Jeb Tizon, are surely rocking the decks with beats, making everybody dancing.

Throwing jaw-dropping performances as they impersonate local and international artists are Drag Queens, namely: Precious Paula Nicole, Viñas Deluxe, Gigi, Dee Dee Holliday, Eva Papaya, Bench, MC Black to be hosted by Peabo Orilla. Four hot and alluring ledge dancers are flaming up the whole venue as well! Doesn't that sound exciting? Make sure all your senses are ready to get tickled on that night!

Overflowing drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and gastronomic treats are to be enjoyed by the guests on this lovely Friday night - not to mention a special cocktail curated only for this event!


Cove Manila's GLAMM is in partnership with Inquirer.Net, Inquirer Pop, San Mig Light and LoveYourself Inc., where a percentage of the sales serves as a donation for the meaningful and significant cause of HIV advocacy. There is nothing better than throwing a fun celebration that promotes a strong federation and, at the same time, lends a helping hand to advocacy that benefits people who are most in need.

Let us all come through and celebrate our oneness! Love truly wins! See you all at Cove Manila on February 14 at Southeast Asia's biggest indoor beach club and night club for GLAMM III (Gays, Lesbians And Many More!)

Contact Cove Manila at +63 917 516 0082 for more details and inquiries.


Sunday, February 02, 2020

Unboxing the Cherry Poppin’: Perfect 4 You Auctionees

By Jay Fernando

There is something dubious yet exciting with that thought of bidding for a date auction. Speculating the possibilities of what would happen just tickles one’s curiosity, and participating in one just makes it feel more real. It somewhat brings you back to highschool cafeteria games like Boink Marry Kill where one’s standing is determined by a single trait.

Nonetheless brave souls have entered the game as this year’s auctionees for Cherry Poppin’ - the most popular, if not the only auction of its kind in the country. Now on its 4th iteration, the event aims to raise much needed funds for LoveYourself’s various programs for HIV awareness, testing and treatment, among others.


Putting yourself out there is certainly risky. While there’s a possibility of frustration - especially when you lose the bid - there’s also the possibility of having your happily ever after. But one has to wonder - why? For the auctionees, it’s also a gamble, banking on their appeal to help the organization.



For Marvelous Pascual, an events organizer, it doesn’t need much thought. It is for a good cause after all. He believes and supports the organization. Being a member himself of a charitable group of gay and bisexual men in Metro Manila, Marvelous is not new to fundraisers and has been very active in community service. For him, helping out in any way he can is an important aspect of his endeavor to change how people see the LGBT community – that they are not just about fun and parties.



Because of social media, looking at twitter feeds or instagram posts that, it has been so easy to judge people nowadays as either empty or overbearing. This sentiment is shared by another auctionee Aldwin Amolat, a student who sidelines as a barista. Despite being the youngest of this year’s auctionees, he has been volunteering for LoveYourself for years now. One may not expect this from Aldwin who may easily fall under that “twink” category, or from Marvelous whom people see as the “party guy.”


When you look at Arlan Dizon, he may seem like your typical athletic guy who goes to the gym, and watches sports on livestream. But this  mechanical engineer, is interested in much more than that. He loves suspense movies! The looming possibility of a surprise just invigorates his soul.



Apparently, boxes are  lazy categories we use to classify people, and the more I get to know them, the easier they are to refute or discredit. For example: Janlee Dunca may appear to be the token trans woman of the group. But she’s not defined only by her gender identity. Opening up about her dating history, she shared how she has dated both men and women, and prefers to keep her options open when it comes to love.

More than anything, time with these people can make you realize that making snap judgments about a person or fantasizing wildly about them are normal, but may not be helpful in your happily forever after. What’s important is  that you enjoy the experience of getting to know each other. That’s how you’ll know if you’re the perfect match.


Be part of LoveYourself’s Cherry Poppin’ – Perfect 4 You and get to know cool people and have a chance to date an auctionee this May 23, 2020 at One Canvas Events Place. Visit https://ticket2me.net/e/4599 for tickets! Together let’s take down some more boxes.

Friday, January 31, 2020

LoveYourself Community’s Bayanihan for Taal

By Ben Quiaoit

A LoveYourself volunteer handing out relief goods to some evacuees at Santa Terersita in Batangas.
On a seemingly quiet Sunday, Taal volcano in Batangas suddenly erupted with only few indications, putting people's lives near the danger zone at risk. The  Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) already raised Alert Level 1 status at Taal area as early as March 28, 2019. But on the afternoon of January 12, 2020, its alert level status has been raised rapidly, and was declared at Alert Level 4 at 7:30 p.m. or even before the day ends.  

The volcanic activity caused thick clouds of ash and toxic fumes, paralyzing local livelihood, and basic systems for food and water, communication, electricity and transportation. Volcanic particulates reached as far as Metro Manila and even some parts of Central Luzon. This natural incident brought a catastrophic year-starter for the affected people.


A soldier helping LoveYourself volunteers to unload the donations collected.

As an organization who serves, The LoveYourself, Inc. quickly initiated a ‘bayanihan’ drive, using its community centers as a drop in center for the donations. Alvin Joseph ‘AJ’ Ramirez, a nurse at Hero by LoveYourself, spearheaded the donation drive of the organization. AJ, who lives in the nearby province of Cavite, had a first-hand experience of the impact of the said volcanic activity. 

The nurse’s heart went out to those living in the affected areas, thus without having any second thoughts, has mobilized LoveYourself’s assets with the assistance of Ronivin Pagtakhan, the organization’s founder and executive director. Immediately, the volunteers have spread the message of love, urging everyone within their reach to donate any goods that can be given out to individuals and families affected by the disaster.


Nurse AJ coordinating with on-ground personnel for proper distribution of the donations.

After a few days of collecting the donations, LoveYourself has chosen to help the people in the Municipality of Santa Teresita in Batangas. The relief operation has benefitted a total of 180 families to have clean drinking water, food and medical supplies, and even hygiene kits. LoveYourself’s volunteers and meidcal staff together with generous doctors and nurses from Cavite also conducted also conducted free medical consultations, ensuring not only the physical aspect of the beneficiaries, but also their psycho-social well being.

According to AJ, the activity was tiring yet fulfilling for each and everyone who became part of it. For now, the LoveYourself community together with the entire nation continues to pray for Taal’s imminent danger to stop as soon as possible.




The organization knows that the authorities are closely monitoring the situation. It will be a tough recovery, especially for those who are heavily affected by it. But one thing is for sure, LoveYourself community will do its very best to extend its selfless love to those in need, always.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Lube Me For A Reason, Let the Reason Be Lube

By LoveYourself Communications 

Exploring the possibility of a new relationship can be a bit confusing and thrilling at the same time — every step you take together, the slightest graze of your hands, and even the smirks that you try to hide. 

By the time you get comfortable with each other,  you begin to talk about taking it to the next level. Your thoughts wander and your imagination runs wild. When you and your partner arrive at the point of becoming physically intimate, make sure you both get to enjoy the experience to the fullest. A personal lubricant comes in handy!
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There’s a lot of sexual activities that get more fun with extra wetness, such as masturbation, foreplay, grinding, and even massages — you'll never run out of creativity in the bedroom! Whether you need help putting on a condom, need extra help getting past the tip, or just need things to run a little smoother, a water-based lubricant is your best choice for safe and satisfying sex. A few drops of lube can really go a long way, and completely take sex up a notch!

Sure, your condom may already come in lubricated, but it gets rubbed off too during sex. Latex can be very dry and uncomfortable when there isn’t ample lubrication. Adding a few drops of lube can reduce friction and the chances of the condom breaking, and seriously creates an incredible sensation! With the help of lube, penetration and pleasurable movements will be smoother, and you don’t have to worry about your condom breaking.

You’ll also have to be careful with what kind of lube to use with condoms, because some kinds can make them brittle, especially lube that contains oil. Condoms are best paired with water-based lube, because they don’t breakdown the latex, but still give you the extra pleasure and comfort.
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Just like the alcohol we drink on dates, friction is only fun in moderation. Too much friction can be uncomfortable, but too little can make you feel like you’re opening and closing a loose drawer! Go easy on the lube, and if you squirt out a bit too much, just wipe a little bit off. Make sure you listen to your partner so you know the both of you have just enough lube to enjoy the night.

Some kinds of lube are better for some sexual activities more than others. There are even lubricants that add another layer of sensation to the mix. But it’s important to know how our body can react to these special lubes which is why you should check the labels first and know what sexual activity you’re getting into. The best way to make sure is to talk to your partner with their experience with different kinds of lube, but if it’s your first time, a water-based lubricant would be your safest bet.

While lube-wannabes may have the smoothness and slickness you want during sex, know where they belong.

Oil-based lube makes skin-to-skin contact more sensual and body massages more arousing. However, oil can dissolve latex, so it’s best to keep your condoms and latex sex toys away from this kind of lube if you don’t want to destroy them. Oil-based lube offers long-lasting slippery feel — but sometimes it can last too long on places you don’t want them to be. It’s difficult to wash off oil-based lube on your body, clothes, and sheets, and might also leave noticeable stains.

Silicone-based lube is great if you want that silky touch that doesn’t rub off too quickly. If you’re fond of using silicone sex toys, they won’t go so well with this kind. Silicone-based lube can deteriorate the surface of silicone sex toys, and cause abrasions in the long run. Bacteria can thrive in these cuts, and make your sex toys unsanitary — not cool.

Slippery stuff around the house were surely created for something else, and not sex, right? If it’s not meant for sex and if the label says “for external use only”, please don’t even think about using it for whatever you’re up to! Slippery stuff you find in the kitchen or in the bathroom would often contain milk, sugar, oil, egg whites, alcohol, fragrances, parabens, and other components that should be kept away from your delicate parts. 

Water-based lube is the most versatile kind of lube. It goes well with condoms and silicone sex toys, unlike petroleum or oil-based lube, and gentle enough for people with sensitive skin or prone to irritation. Water-based lube is great for almost all your sexual needs: penetrative sex, masturbation, sex toy play, and even foreplay. Your sheets are all safe with water-based lube because it doesn’t leave stains or grease. This kind is very easy to wash up and wipe off, and won’t leave any icky feeling on your body.
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Lube is a great addition to your sex life that can surely increase pleasure for you and your partner, so consider getting yourself some lube the next time you see one! If you’re the wild and creative type who doesn’t want to be held back, a water-based lube like EZ Lubricating Jelly is the one for you! With the feeling of natural lubrication, EZ Lubricating Jelly lets you have an amazing pleasure without discomfort! Grab your own EZ Lubricating Jelly and slide into more pleasure!

The Safe Spaces PH app, which is downloadable on the App Store or Google Play Store, will also point you to the nearest establishment that offers free condoms and lubricants. You gotta love these safe spaces, too. Who knows, it could be your next date place with your "lube" one.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

A Perfect Date is Poppin’ for You This May 23

By Tino Largado

Are you ready to date the perfect one for you? The one who makes you giggle and sizzle in a pop!


Well, luck is on your side, because Cherry Poppin’ is finally back! LoveYourself will stage once again the hottest date auction for a cause event on May 23, 2020 at One Canvas Events Place, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. This event is now on its fourth run since its launch in 2015.

Cherry Poppin’ 4: Perfect 4 You will auction off thirteen most eligible members and allies of the community - celebrity ambassadors, models and influencers. What makes Cherry Poppin’ 4 different is simply serving the perfect taste for you! LoveYourself ups the ante with a totally diverse set of individuals whom you can auction off for a friendly romantic date.

Take your cherry pick! Are you planning to go out with a twink, a queer or a daddy? Or perhaps secretly eyeing a straight guy, a transgender woman or a couple’s halves. This installment certainly has someone in store for you.


You can have all the 13 auctionees or you may opt to bid for just one. Go get competitive and outbid everyone to attain the perfect date for you. Take note: The higher you bid; the better date experience you can have - thanks to our lovely sponsors!

Nevertheless, the night is still perfect you if you already have a date or a group of friends to enjoy with this cherrilicious event. You will be treated to scorching hot performances and music courtesy of Addlib, Aries Night, LoveYourself’s homegrown talents, Min Ortiz, Mrs. Tan, Viñas, and Bench Hipolito a.k.a. Sarah G. of O-Bar.

By attending this event, you will also be a witness to the official launch ‘SelfCare,’ the LoveYourself’s HIV self-screening program to be headlined by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. The event also includes the latest updates to the #PrEPPilipinas program or the organization’s Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) program for HIV prevention. 

All proceeds from this date auction for a cause will help fund various projects and initiatives of LoveYourself, a community-based non-profit organization that advocates for greater awareness on sexual health, trans health, and mental wellness through various programs and projects.


Ready to get poppin’ now? Visit go.loveyourself.ph/cherrypoppin4 to score some tickets! As an early treat, you can also get a LoveYourself shirt for FREE, if you’re one of the first 30 ticket buyers.

See you there!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Marking People Safe During Sinulog 2020 the LoveYourself Way


By Ryan Taborada

It’s a street party with a twist.

Jerryflor Lazarte, Toledo City Festival Queen, dances gracefully during the Sinulog sa Lalawigan 2020.
Dubbed as Cebu's "epic" annual festival by Lonely Planet, Sinulog Festival is the Feast of Santo Niño (the Christ Child) which draws devotees, and both local and international tourists. It is celebrated every third Sunday of January and is widely known for its colorful procession and street parade bearing the image of Santo Niño. 

LoveYourself volunteers from Manila and Cebu, together with LoveYourself founder Ronivin Pagtakhan, are stationed outside the LoveYourself White House to greet passersby.
Perfectly situated where a sizable amount of foot traffic flowed during Sinulog 2020, LoveYourself Cebu partook in the festivities by promoting its advocacy. Adding colors to the celebration, volunteers took turns offering complimentary condoms and lubricants outside the gates of LoveYourself White House, the community center. Those who wanted to know their status were welcomed in from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for free HIV screening and counseling. Moreover, some volunteers offered free hugs, a simple yet powerful gesture that encapsulates the human compassion a festival such as the Sinulog inspires.

Maurice Villaester, a LoveYourself Cebu volunteer, sells the Sinulog Survival Kit to partygoers outside the White House.
LoveYourself Cebu volunteers set up a booth outside to sell food like humba with rice and egg, and water for thirsty and hungry devotees, and partygoers.
It was also a perfect time to raise funds for the cause. The most purchased item is the Sinulog Survival Kit--a goodie bag containing a Sinulog shirt, face towel, fan, bottled water, condoms, lubricants, and whistle. Outside the community center, some volunteers sold packed lunches and sandwiches, which hungry passersby were allowed to enjoy inside the air-conditioned facility. With the cell phone signal shutdown during the day-long event, the community center not only offered a good respite from the heat outside but also a way to communicate to friends and families with its free Wi-Fi. 

Volunteers use Sinulog as an opportunity to spread HIV and AIDS awareness and education to a lot of people. They offer free hugs and encourage people to take care of themselves while having fun.
It’s been widely reported that Cebu, in the first five months of 2019, has recorded the most number of HIV cases in Central Visayas. The organization has been laser-focused on curbing the epidemic since the launch of LoveYourself White House in April last year by empowering the community to embrace self-love. For LoveYourself Cebu, this means being cognizant of the risks and getting educated on ways to prevent transmission, generally putting one’s well-being first and staying safe. 
LoveYourself Cebu volunteers and staff join the Sinulog 2020 with happy faces welcoming everyone to the comfort of the White House amidst the heat.
“We had a blast, despite the heat, the hustle and bustle, it was quite an experience,” shares Ralph Tamayo, head of communications and events for LoveYourself Cebu. “We are glad the public was generally receptive of the way we’re promoting how they can stay ‘safe.’ Very much looking forward to topping this year’s Sinulog with the next.”


LoveYourself White House activity was made possible with the help of the following partners AIDS Healthcare Foundation, CHAMPION COMMUNITY CENTERS, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, and PhilHealth.

Below is the photo slideshow of LoveYourself Cebu volunteers and friends who made Sinulog 2020 a fun, fruitful, and memorable one.


Saturday, January 18, 2020

LoveYourself Works With PETA and The Red Whistle for Under My Skin

By Asha Gutierrez

With the aid of LoveYourself, The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) in its 52nd Theater Season responds to the ongoing HIV epidemic in the Philippines by launching the #ActingOnHIV campaign with Rody Vera’s anthology drama Under My Skin, directed by Melvin Lee, as the frontliner. Together with LoveYourself, its long-time advocacy partner, The Red Whistle, also support this movement in the theater community.


The #ActingOnHIV campaign reaches out to audiences through art, as an immersive experience that promotes the importance of HIV treatment while debunking myths and misconceptions about the virus. It focuses on the empowerment of Persons Living With HIV through workshops, exhibits, an online EduSeries, and learning outcomes with HIV experts back-to-back with every show of Under My Skin, the campaign serves to not only enamour, but to educate as well.

The play features authentic characters whose struggles the audience can resonate with even they do not live with HIV. They are brought to life by a stunning cast featuring Cherry Pie Picache, Roselyn Perez, Eko Baquial, Miguel Almendras, Mike Liwag, Gio Gahol, Anthony Falcon, Gold Villar-Lim, She Maala, Mico Esquivel, Bene Manaois, Lotlot Bustamante, Kitsi Pagaspas, Dylan Talon, Ekis Gimenez, Erold Enriquez, Jarred Jaicten, Joseph Madriaga, Jason Barcial, Dudz Teraña, Rachelle Gimpes, Reggie Ondevilla, Roy Dahildahil, and Csai Habla.

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LoveYourself’s response to the HIV epidemic has been not only informative but inspirational as well. By knowing one’s worth and loving one’s self, people can be empowered to take charge of their sexual health by learning about, preventing, getting tested, and getting treatment for HIV.

For LoveYourself founder and executive director Ronivin Pagtakhan, LoveYourself it is with the vision of creating a caring community that understands the importance of proper support people, ‘reproductive’ safe sex education, and medical care. “Values like empathy, love, and respect are essential to create a positive impact to the other—to fully understand this is the way to remove stigmas about HIV,” he explains.

“The arts can act as a bridge for people in the midst of crisis,” says Pagtakhan. “The country has been testing approximately 35 individuals with an HIV infection per day, and this number gives us two related perspectives: The cases are rising, but we are reaching more people to get tested and initiate their treatment. These situations call for more awareness. The arts, particularly theater, can come into play.” Ronnivin explains, “It has been part of our people's discussions, and we should take advantage of it as a bridge to the HIV advocacy, and enable people to act on it.” Acting on HIV’s frontliner, Under My Skin is also supported by UNAIDS and Unilab. 

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Witness PETA’s 52nd Theater Season finale, Under My Skin from February 7 to March 22, 2020 (Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays/Sundays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm) at the PETA Theater Center, #5 Eymard Drive, Brgy. Kristong Hari, New Manila, Quezon City. For tickets and showbuying inquiries, contact PETA at petatheater@gmail.com and 725-6244, You can also get tickets through TicketWorld, 891-9999.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Go No! For Gonorrhea

By Ryan Q. De Torres and Carlos Diego A. Rozul

Ever had that burning sensation when you pee? Has there been odd smelling discharge staining your underwear recently? That could be a sign of gonorrhea, one of the most common sexually transmitted infections according to the World Health Organization in 2016. But worry not, because there are ways to prevent, detect, and cure gonorrhea infections, so we can all Go No! For Gonorrhea.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria responsible for Gonorrhea. Image retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neisseria_gonorrhoeae#/media /File:Neisseria_gonorrhoeae_PHIL_3693_lores.jpg
Cause of Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea (also known as urethritis, urethritis, or tulo) is an infection of the mucous membrane surfaces caused by the gram-negative bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. N gonorrhoeae can be spread through sexual contact (oral, anal, and vaginal) and vertical transmission during childbirth.It can cause infections in the genitals, rectum and throat.

For men, symptoms can include painful urination, green or yellow discharge from the penis, and swollen tender testicles. On the other hand, women can experience vaginal discharge, painful intercourse and urination, intermenstrual bleeding, and mid lower abdominal pain.

Ryel in LoveYourself Uni conducting EGASP consultation
Going No For Gonorrhea with the Triangle of Self Care

Living in a triangle of self care, we can prevent gonorrhea infection through timely testing and treatment, safe and satisfying sex, and the correct and consistent use of condoms and lubricants.

LoveYourself Uni offers free gonorrhea testing for males assigned at birth experiencing gential discharge. Currently, the service is being done under the supervision of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) through the Enhanced Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Program (EGASP). 

When results turn out reactive, the consulting doctor will prescribe the appropriate medicine and administer it as soon as the client has purchased the prescription. It is important to consult a doctor when treating the gonorrhea infection to avoid recurrence of symptoms, complications, and antibiotic resistance through inappropriate medication.
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Gonorrhea is also easily preventable by choosing safer yet satisfying sex options which can include the correct and consistent use of condoms and lubricants. Don’t let the fear of gonorrhea prevent you from enjoying a healthy sex life! We can all Go No! For Gonorrhea.