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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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The Reality Of Being Gay In South Africa

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Despite having some of the most progressive LGBT legislation in the world, the everyday life of South Africa's gay community is still rife with prejudice."


South Africa promotes itself on various tourism websites as the only LGBT-friendly country in Africa. Whilst this may be technically correct on a legislation level, the reality is really quite different. It is true that major cities, such as Cape Town and Johannesburg, do have thriving gay communities while multinational South African companies also employ some LGBT employees. However, outside of these international hubs, the everyday life of gay people within South Africa is still rife with abuse, prejudice and judgement.

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Appearances can be deceptive

This is not the first time that the South African government has promoted liberal laws while undermining them through its actions and comments. For example, the government took a moralistic stance on online gambling within South Africa, refusing to legalise its use within the country. This was despite South African online casinos – which you can read a history of at  http://www.gamblingafrica.com/indepth/history-of-online-casino-gambling.asp becoming massively popular within the online gambling sector. The government's refusal to allow this casinos online sector access to the domestic market, whilst benefiting from its economic contributions and racking up huge expenses in discussing the issue, was seen as hypocritical by some commentators. Similarly, with regards to the LGBT community, president Jacob Zuma commented in the past that same-sex marriage was a disgrace to the nation and to God, despite supposedly representing a country supportive of its gay citizens.

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