Saturday, April 28, 2018

This is Me: Brave and Free to Set Ablaze on May 26, 2018!

By: Raymond Martin Manahan

The stage is set for you, lovers. Join us at This is Me: Brave and Free - the first community-led multi-site HIV testing day launching on May 26, 2018. Join in the celebration of self-care by bringing your courage to community based organizations (Juan Positive Movement, HIV & AIDS Support House, Inc, Decent Image of South Signal Association, Cavite Positive Action Group, GAYON, Project H4, Kagay-an PLUS, and Olympus Society of Davao) alongside LoveYourself (LoveYourself Anglo, LoveYourself Uni, and Victoria by LoveYourself). Get to know your status with the fast, free, and confidential community based-screening process.

You can walk-in too!

Check out this link on how to get to our testing sites in Metro Manila, and this link on how to get to our testing sites throughout Luzon and Mindanao.


This is Me: Brave and Free seeks to set the stage for men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women, and the youth to take action in managing their sexual health. Loving yourself takes a lot of strength, and so does having yourself tested. Fortunately, this one-day event makes it quick and hassle-free by having HIV testing and counseling free of charge!

You no longer need to fill out lengthy forms found during regular testing days. Instead, you just need to give your contact information upon registration, and you’ll be given a Unique Identifier Code (UIC). An available counselor will then attend to you, and after the test is done, the results will be ready in 15-20 minutes.

Together with our partner testing sites, it is ensured that even with a quicker screening process, This is Me: Brave and Free gives out results that are as reliable as what you can get on regular testing days. Third generation rapid test will be used which is 100% sensitive for non-reactive clients.

In case a client gets a reactive result in the test, they will need to provide their full information for the Paperless Personal Information Sheet (DOH-NEC form). This is necessary for confirmatory testing and referrals to accessible treatment facilities. Results of the confirmatory test normally takes two hours.

Join us on May 26, 2018 and dare to showcase the beauty of self love at This is Me: Brave and Free. Don’t forget to sign up online at https://bitly.com/ThisIsMe2018.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Come in and Play: Safer Sex with Toys

By Brethren

When we were kids, getting to know the world meant that we get to explore the different range of sensations through play. From blowing raspberries and playing peek-a-boo; as we grew older we began to make use of toys to extend our imagination to the real world. We thus expand the limits of our play space to have fun with our playmates. As we mature, our view of fun and play changes and same goes with the toys we fancy. Seeking pleasure, be it cognitive, emotional or sexual, is human nature. Having a sex-positive attitude greatly helps in acknowledging the fact that satisfying our sexual needs is part of a healthy lifestyle. 

The Bare Necessities for Safe and Satisfying Sex With Toys

When using adult toys we always aim to pleasure, to satisfy sexual needs be it done with a partner or alone. For those with a partner to play with, we may use them as part of foreplay by a vital part in attaining climax. Some of us can also use them during the main intercourse, which adds another layer of sensation towards safe and satisfying sex. In 2011, a study published in the International Journal of STD & AIDS found that there is room for discussion regarding the role of sex toys in enhancing pleasure and reducing the transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infections (STI) especially for self-use.

According to the UK National Aids Manual (NAM), the risk of contracting HIV and STIs varies. UK NAM stresses that sharing sex toys without proper care may pose a high risk for HIV and STI transmission while the use of properly cleaned sex toys poses a negligible threat. When sex toys are shared, use a new condom for for each person who will used it especially the penetrative types. It is important to note however that using the same condom for multiple people is the same as not using a condom at all, thus the risk of transmission can remain high. Using a different condom between use significantly reduces the risk of HIV and STI transmission to negligible levels.

Helping Your Toys Go the Distance

Proper cleaning and caring for the toys is important for prolonging their life as well as for the user's health especially when they are shared. Sex toys are made of different materials and as such there are different ways.


Dos:
  • Clean using soap and water for all types of toys.
  • Use water-based lubricants with all types of toys.
  • When toys are shared always use new condoms when using to another person.
  • Always dry the toys before putting it in a ziplock or pouch to safeguard it from dusts.

Don'ts:
  • Use oil or petroleum based lubricants.
  • Immerse electric or battery operated toys in water.
  • Use silicone-based lubricants on silicone type of toys.
The table below from SmartSexResource provides us proper care and what lubricant can be used to specific types of toys.

Sex toys aid us to have a more vibrant and vivid sex life, whether alone or with a partner. Spice up your bed with the variety of toys that Love365 offers. In our youth, we were told to “Come out and play.”, but in adulthood we invite potential partners to “Come in and play!”.



Love365, is an adult toy store located in Makati City. They have a wide range of sex toys for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. Your health is their priority. They closely work with NGOs and health care professionals to promote sexual health news and knowledge. All to help people explore the different ways they can have safe and satisfying sex.

Check out what options you have for your first adult toy here.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Come in and Play: Exploring Toys

By Brethren



When we were kids, getting to know the world meant that we get to explore the different range of sensations through play. From blowing raspberries and playing peek-a-boo; as we grew older we began to make use of toys to extend our imagination to the real world. We thus expand the limits of our play space to have fun with our playmates. As we mature, our view of fun and play changes and same goes with the toys we fancy. Seeking pleasure, be it cognitive, emotional or sexual, is human nature. Having a sex-positive attitude greatly helps in acknowledging the fact that satisfying our sexual needs is part of a healthy lifestyle.


A Whole New World With Sex Toys

As we begin to explore a new world of play, it’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed with the options available. We can use sex toys regardless of our sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. After all it’s up to the us how we want to play. It's important to note that we are starting to get to know a new part of ourselves, so it may take time to get comfortable with the idea of using toys to enhance pleasure.


As someone who’s currently single, you may be interested in items such as erogenous zone stimulators and vibrators, penetrable and penetrative molds, or even blood retention toys.

For those with a partner who want to be more adventurous, there are even more options! Cuffs, neck chokers, ticklers and whips, rope, and sex furniture can be great options to spice things up in the bedroom. However, stimulators, vibrators, and masturbators work well for foreplay as well.


Using Sex Toys for the First Time in Forever?

Knowing what you want will aid you in choosing the right toys for you. First timers? No need to worry, we asked Love365 for their Top 3 pick for beginners, whether they be for personal use or for sharing.

 The Massage Wand. Unsure if you’re ready for penetration? Are you interested in a whole different sensation? The Massage Wand is an external vibrator which stimulates the adjacent erogenous areas such as the vagina or the underside of the testicles for alternative pleasure. You can use it by yourself to explore your different body sensations, or you can try it on your partner before you move on to penetrative activities.

Cute-Sized Dongs. Sometimes, big things come in small packages. These dongs might look cute and small, but they’re highly effective. These are recommended for people who have just started trying out penetration. It’s great practice to prepare for a partner’s bigger package.

Masturbator Cups. Mainly for people who want to do the penetrating, it comes in a variety of different designs and containers. It’s easy to find one that fits your fantasy and discreet! You might even mistaken it for one of your tumblers.
Sex toys aid us to have a more vibrant and vivid sex life, whether alone or with a partner. Spice up your bed with the variety of toys that Love365 offers. In our youth, we were told to “Come out and play.”, but in adulthood we invite potential partners to “Come in and play!”.


Love365, is an adult toys store located in Makati City. They have a wide range of sex toys for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. Your health is their priority. They closely work with NGOs and health care professionals to promote sexual health news and knowledge. All to help people explore the different ways they can have safe and satisfying sex.



Check out how to practice safer sex with adult toys here.