Yes, I'm gay. I probably was since the day I was born. On my 21st birthday, I sort of had my debut. I came out to my parents. A little drama from mom, and some indifference from dad. An above-average coming out. Almost perfect.

Nine years later, two weeks before my 30th birthday, I found out... I'M HIV POSITIVE.

And so my story begins... I'm BACK IN THE CLOSET.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Do You Dare?

I dare you to protect yourself.

I dare you to use a condom.

I dare you to save your life.

I dare you to party for charity... Do you dare?

Nope, I’m not directly going to be benefitting from this project, it being that I’m registered with the RITM. It is the aim of the PGH to be able to catch up to and stand alongside its fellow treatment hubs, the RITM and the San Lazaro Hospital. And with that, the PGH will be the recipient of a CD4 machine from the Red Party project of Australia, and will be seeking to fund one other important diagnostic tool, a Viral Load machine, through their own initiatives and projects.

The Philippine Red Party is a benefit rock concert organized by Dr. Edsel Salvana of the Infectious Diseases Section of the Philippine General Hospital, along with his fellows-in-training, Dr. Kate Leyritana, Dr. Dessi Roman, Dr. Eva Roxas, Dr. Ann PeƱamora, and Dr. Alex Bello.

Proceeds from this event will help procure a Viral Load Machine to service the HIV & AIDS patients of the Philippine General Hospital. All you need to do is party the night away.

Do you dare?


MrCens said...

if i am in the philippines i will be the first in line at the ticket box...

bro, i know this is inappropriate but it is bugging me up for long now. if you are on dark places like bars, concert venues or movie house and someone will prick a needle in you from an infected pos, can you get the virus?

muah! from dubai...

PinoyPoz said...

According to

The main cause of infection in occupational settings is exposure to HIV-infected blood via a percutaneous injury (i.e. from needles, instruments, etc.). The average risk for HIV transmission after such exposure to infected blood is low - about 3 per 1,000 injuries.

Certain specific factors may mean a percutaneous injury carries a higher risk, for example: A deep injury; Late-stage HIV disease in the source patient; Visible blood on the device that caused the injury or; Injury with a needle that had been placed in a source patient's artery or vein.

Turismoboi said...

uy muzta ka na? mizz yah!

Anonymous said...

Do we have viral load available to us in RITM already?

Courage Philippines said...

Hi PinoyPoz

I happen to know someone who is also HIV+ and blogging. You may want to visit his blog:

I hope he will be able to help you.

PinoyPoz said...

Yep! I've seen his blog! :-) Thanks!