Monday, October 14, 2019

Gazini Ganados Champions HIV Advocacy in Cebu

By LoveYourself Cebu Communications





TALISAY CITY, CEBU - Miss Universe-Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados, together with LoveYourself Inc. and the City Government of Talisay, champions the HIV advocacy in Cebu in an outreach program held on Saturday - October 12 at the People’s Hall of the city.

During the event, Ganados was unveiled as the newest ambassador of LoveYourself, adding the cause to her initial “elderly care” advocacy. She also headlines the HIV awareness and prevention forum, together with the free HIV screening for the day. The outreach was also in cooperation with Youth for Better Talisay, and Talisay City LGBT Bangaw Federation.

Vice Mayor Alan G. Bucao lauded the initiative. “I am so happy that LoveYourself has given their trust in us, the City of Talisay and Talisay City LGBT Bangaw, in extending their advocacy on HIV awareness and prevention. I am looking forward to a more fruitful partnership with LoveYourself and Bangaw in this worthy cause.”

Ganados now serves as the newest face of LoveYourself in Cebu for various HIV awareness campaigns and programs. She is a welcome addition to the string of international beauty queens supporting LoveYourself’s advocacy, including Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.

The latest data from the Department of Health -Epidemiology Bureau (DOH-EB) shows that the Philippines now poses 35 cases of HIV a day. Central Visayas is ranked 4th highest in the number of HIV cases since the epidemic broke in the 1980s.

“We are seeing infection cases increase, but the bright side to this is that we can bridge them to proper treatment as soon as possible. We always inform our clients that there’s life after the diagnosis. People living with HIV can still enjoy and live their lives to the fullest,” LoveYourself Cebu Head Jan Estrada stressed.

Capping her day, the Cebuana beauty queen visited the LoveYourself White House, a community center located along Don Julio Llorente Street near the Fuente Circle in Cebu City. The center offers a safe co-working space, where one can have a free and confidential HIV screening and treatment, enjoy a cup of coffee, play board games and study, among others. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

LoveYourself Inc. is a community-based organization that offers a free and holistic care approach to HIV. Aside from the White House, it has six operating community centers in the Greater Manila Area, namely Anglo in Mandaluyong, Uni and Victoria in Pasay, Welcome in the City of Manila, Lily in Parañaque, and Hero in Bacoor City in Cavite.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

This adult shop just released the FIRST EVER LOVE TOY COMMERCIAL IN THE PHILIPPINES

LoveYourself commits itself to normalize the conversation surrounding sex, HIV testing, and living with HIV. Through its many campaigns, it has empowered thousands of people to take charge of their sexual health and rethink how they view sex. One brand in 2019 is following suit in destigmatizing sex in the Philippines.


Lauvette may be the newest love toy shop in the market, but with its active and game-changing branding, it is now the fastest-growing and the leading Philippine love toy shop on social media. On September 6, 2019, Lauvette released the first-ever love toy commercial in the country. Now being aired in Metro Manila Grab Cars and taxis via Transitflix and also in all LoveYourself community centers.
When asked why they decided to produce the commercial, Renz Rollorata, co-founder of Lauvette said, “It's about time to extend our marketing efforts into producing our very first commercial. This is our bold step in showing that we are in a mission of eliminating the stigma surrounding the sex toy industry. Love toys should not be hidden and shamed, they can be freely showcased in a normal yet enjoyable manner, just like any other consumer goods." 
Lauvette is doing its share in contributing to expanding the sexual maturity of the Filipino people. With commercials like this, we don't only give attention to sexual health, but we also emphasize the importance of self-love and self-care.



Manuel Schuster, co-founder of Lauvete, expressed his excitement for what’s in store in the future. “Launching the first-ever love toy commercial in the Philippines is a great milestone for Lauvette. We launched our online shop just four months ago and I am so amazed at the progress our team is making. I am just very excited for what's ahead," Schuster said. 
It’s interesting to follow how this brand will continue to grow in the coming years and how it will shape Filipinos’ attitude towards sex. But hopefully, with the existence of self-aware and socially involved love toy shop like Lauvette leading the way, normalizing sex in the country may not be too far off.

Watch the video of Lauvette's commercial here:


Visit www.lauvette.ph today to get your first love toy while supporting the HIV advocacy!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Anytime Fitness Cebu Inks Partnership with SafeSpacesPH

By LoveYourself Cebu Communications



You can now get free condoms and water-based lubricants from all Anytime Fitness Cebu branches starting October this year. This is after they signed a partnership with SafeSpacesPH.

The Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Anytime Fitness Cebu’s Area Managers Lloyd Comeling and Sheila Subang.

Under the agreement, SafeSpacesPH will set up “condoment stations” in all their branches in Metro Cebu. These stations offer free condoms and water-based lubricants. Anyone can access these condoment stations from the four Anytime Fitness branches— Cebu IT Park, Cebu Business Park, Escario, and Oakridge in Mandaue.










The "neighborhood 24-hour gym" is already a partner in Metro Manila. Now, they are SafeSpacesPH’s first partner in the Visayas.

"Condom use remains to be the most effective way to prevent the transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). We can stop spreading the virus by making it more accessible for everyone without judgment when they buy it from stores. We need more establishments like Anytime Fitness, and we are working to add more to the list," Robin Avorque, the Program Officer for SafeSpacesPH, stressed.

SafeSpacesPH is a program by LoveYourself Inc in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH). It is designed to provide young professionals access to free condoms and lubes through partnering with establishments who promote safe sex.

You can download the SafeSpacesPH app from Google Playstore or App Store for free to get a list of SafeSpaces Partner establishments near you.

Business establishments wanting to partner with SafeSpacesPH may contact Robin Avorque at robin.avorque@loveyourself.ph.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

LoveYourself and Lauvette Team Up for Safe and Satisfying Sex

Now who says you can’t have both safe and satisfying sex? LoveYourself has long been advocating for people to follow a Triangle of Self-Care to prevent HIV transmission. From timely testing and treatment and correct and consistent use of condoms and lubes,  one of its key components is safe and satisfying sex.
With the emergence of love toy shops in the local market, Filipinos now have a chance to explore their sexuality and satisfy their curiosity. One particular brand is making quite a buzz in the last few months because of its unique approach to normalizing sex as a topic.


Opening its online store in May 2019, Lauvette is a love toy shop that's revolutionizing the sex toy industry in the Philippines by marketing their goods as classy, fun, and safe that Filipinos can use without shame. 

It separates itself from other love toy shops in the market by creating a light, welcoming, and playful website that a beginner or a pro can visit. Their collection of love toys cater to all types of budgets, sexes[, and relationship status. They give special attention to those who are in long distance relationships (LDR) with their smart love toys from premium US brands so you can feel your partner’s touch even from far away.


All deliveries are sent discreetly. One can easily fall in love with their millennial pink box with coupons, love letters, and confetti inside. They even have a convenient Cash on Delivery option!

But what really cuts Lauvette above the rest is that it is a love toy shop that they are advocacy-driven. First, Lauvette publishes articles daily on their blog called LauvBlog that serves to educate people about topics on sex, love, life, and relationships. With this, Lauvette creates a safe and empowered community that looks at sex toys as an integral part in understanding and embracing sexual health and sex positivity. In an effort to give back to the community, they have an active partnership with LoveYourself where every purchase in Lauvette contributes to LoveYourself’s HIV awareness programs and projects.
What are you waiting for? Visit www.lauvette.ph today to get your first love toy while supporting the HIV advocacy!

Friday, October 04, 2019

Effective HIV Prevention Pill Now Available at LoveYourself

By LoveYourself Communications



Everyone needs that sense of security in sexual health, whoever your sexual partner is. Reducing your vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), especially with HIV, has always been a responsibility to yourself. You can better protect yourself against HIV with the new prevention method called the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).


We have seen the rise of HIV cases at an exponential rate over the years. These cases usually come with images of fear and death narratives. But now, we can all be witness to a new era, wherein we can enjoy our lives to the fullest. More than that, we are able to show off our love for ourselves - a necessity to be cherished, and with new advancements available, such worries could be addressed more proactively. The time is ripe for us to change and shape our own narratives.

PrEP being given to a client in LoveYourself Anglo
Pre-Exposure What Now?

Now you are asking yourself, what is PrEP? From its etymology: “Pre” or prior to; Exposure or being in contact with something e.g., HIV; and Prophylaxis or an action initiated to prevent an infection. This means that PrEP is an action taken prior to being in contact with HIV to prevent an infection.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), PrEP can help your body prevent HIV infection by more than 90% if taken daily. By taking it, you have another layer of protection to have a safe and satisfying sex, and feel more empowered against HIV.

PrEP is highly encouraged alongside correct and consistent use of condoms and lubricants, since it only protects yourself from HIV, and not other sexually transmitted infections. To set it straight, this preventive measure is also not a cure for HIV nor  obstructs pregnancy.

PrEP is Effective!

In 2017, LoveYourself was tasked to roll-out a PrEP demonstration project called PrEP Pilipinas (PrEPPY). This project ran for two years, involving 250 men-having-sex with-men (MSM) participants, who were enrolled, and asked for their experiences and thoughts in taking the medication. This study has collected several insights that helped kick-off the implementation of this HIV prevention program in the country.

Danvic Rosadiño talking about PrEPPY study findings on Spectrum: The LoveYourself Perspective
The study insights include:
  • No PrEP-related side effects, showing that PrEP is a safe and effective.
  • No significant increase in STIs during the demonstration project.
  • No seroconversions or no one from the project participants got HIV during the course of the study.

The only PrEP formulation approved by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a combination of two medicines: emtricitabine or FTC tenofovir disoproxil fumarate or TDF. This formulation simply prevents HIV to replicate in the body.

The Need for PrEP

Since only this year that PrEP has been approved by the FDA, some individuals have to fly all the way to Bangkok, Thailand just to purchase their prescriptions. Cognizant of the situation, LoveYourself dared to expand this exciting project throughout the country for an additional option for Filipinos to prevent HIV. This is part and parcel of the organization’s continuing commitment to take care of its community by offering health technologies that are proven to be effective.



More than that, the HIV and AIDS Registry of the Philippines (HARP) reported 1,006 new cases of HIV infection in June 2019 alone. Majority or fifty-nine percent (589) of which were reported to be due to  male to male sex, and 26% (260) through sex with both males and females. This is not only true for the Philippines, because similar trends are happening in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan.

In meeting on HIV self-testing and PrEP in Asia late last year, UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Eamonn Murphy called for new ways of doing business in order to prevent HIV on MSM, and PrEP is a viable option to address the unmet needs and provide more options for key affected populations to HIV.

Murphy said, “We need to scale up PrEP as an additional effective HIV prevention intervention.”

Danvic Rosadiño talking about PrEP availability on Spectrum: The LoveYourself Perspective
In LoveYourself, the PrEPPY services were initially offered in our community center in Mandaluyong City - the LoveYourself Anglo. PrEPPY services is now available to more community centers, namely: Victoria by LoveYourself in Pasay City, and LoveYourself White House in Cebu City. Very soon, it will be offered in LoveYourself Welcome in Manila, Lily by LoveYourself in Parañaque City, and Hero by LoveYourself in Bacoor, Cavite.

Basic PrEPPY services can also be availed in all Hi-Precision Diagnostics around the country, and MediPrime clinic in Cainta, Rizal. To avail of the PrEPPY service, just visit go.loveyourself.ph/PrEPPY. With Jayson Celeste