28th of July 2014
When you are reading the biography of Jack Mackenroth you almost can't believe that all that could be written just about one man's life. Mackenroth's an American swimmer, model and fashion designer, who also graduated with a double degree in Fine Arts and Sociology. But the most important part in Jack's life is his HIV/AIDS activism. Jack has been living with HIV for 25 years and he never tried to hide his status. Even in 'Project Runway', the TV reality show for young designers, he was absolutely open about it. He believes that public visibility educates and saves lives. Now he is joining the team of crazy riders who want to drive 285 miles in three days to earn money for the charity organization Housing Works, which helps HIV- positive people in their lives, mainly the ones who are struggling with housing. The strongest motivation for Jack in this 3 day 'Braking AIDS Ride' will be the memory of his partner Greg Beutler, who died because of AIDS releated health issues in 1996. Now -not only in the name of Greg, but that's certainly a good motivation- Jack wants to achieve the breathtaking fundraising goal of 50,000 US$ -and we wish him a lot of luck on his way! To see how you can help, please watch Jack's video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3HVbg1xyhU&feature=share  
25th of July 2014
In a reaction to the latest body count in Gaza, the social campaign #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies has gone viral. This campaign was launched by two American university classmates: Dania Darwish and Abraham Gutman. She is Muslim and he is Jewish and they are not enemies, but good friends. And they wanted to spread this positive message to the world. The campaign, which promotes a peaceful co-existence between Jews and Arabs went viral after half-Lebanese journalist Sulome Anderson posted a picture of herself kissing her Jewish boyfriend Jeremy. This kissing picture of a modern-day Romeo and Juliet encouraged thousands of mixed friends, couples and families to post their picture and support this idea as well. And we love it! Even if you're not part of a mixed faith couple, you can still share a little bit of love and friendship: just take a picture of any kind of couple on a music festival or concert of this summer and post it on our contest page https://www.facebook.com/daahotsummeroflove?fref=ts or/and on Instagram with the hashtag #DAAHotSummerOfLove. Show us some love in this world full of negativity and unrest.        
24th of July 2014
Most of us update our Facebook statuses regularly, but when we talk about the updating of our personal status, 'regularity' is all but regular. Mostly it's because we're afraid of learning the truth or because we have our head full of myths about testing for HIV. To break down all those urban legends about testing, play the new game of AVERT, that has been launched on their web page with the slogan 'Be The Trend Take The Test'. http://www.avert.org/update-your-status/ In another new, interactive campaign, #MyHIVRoadmap of YAHAnet now it's your turn to talk about HIV/AIDS awareness. Take your time for a little brainstorm with yourself about the question "What are the key steps on the road to success in the AIDS response?" - and show the world your direction on the road to success in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We can't wait to see your signposts! http://yahanet.org/myhivroadmap-campaign  
23rd of July 2014
A condom that can kill the HIV virus is set to hit the stores within the next few months. The product, that's been designed by a bio-tech firm in Australia, has now received a receipt of Conformity of Assessment Certification in Australia - which is paving the way for mass production. The condoms are lubricated with VivaGel, which contains 0.5 percent astodrimer sodium - a non-antibiotic, antimicrobial drug designed specifically as a compound against HIV. While condoms are currently considered the best protection against sexually transmitted infections, they are not 100 percent effective. Laboratory tests have shown that the VivaGel's condom is effective in deactivating 99.9 percent of HIV, herpes and human papilloma virus cases. This new condoms would be the first that not only protects against but also actively kills viruses.
22nd of July 2014
The words "Inhabitants of Antwerp" include the full package of the world's nationalities and religions, but all citizens of Antwerp have a lot in common. One of the things they share is their love of talking to strangers. Don't think that the tram driver will just sell you a ticket - with the change he will also give you a few warming words and will start a little conversation.The old lady on the crossroads will tell you her life story before the traffic light turns green again. On the bus, in the streets, in the shops, in the churches - Antwerp's citizens will try to chat with you everywhere you go. Even if you are jogging in the park and couldn't catch your breath - even there other runners will try to talk with you. One thing that they love even more than talking with strangers is singing in public. Not for money, just because they are happy. When you are going down the streets you are passing many people singing various songs. Not just some crooning - they are not afraid to sing really loudly and from time to time they even add little choreography. Could you imagine the scene from various movie musicals when one customer starts singing in the shop and other singers are joining him? A Hollywood fantasy? No, an Antwerp reality.  
21st of July 2014
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CmnJvGJFGY   Today Katy Perry released a brand new video for her song 'Unconditionally' and it's already becoming one of the most beloved videos of this summer. The new video, that goes with the song with the same name on her album PRISM, features HIV positive and negative young people showing their love for each other. "I worked with UNICEF on this new ‘Unconditionally' video in support of the 35 million people living with HIV, especially the young people who often suffer in silence", Miss Perry says. The online message when Katy announced the launch of this video is even stronger, because she dedicates it to all victims of the MH17 airplane, many of whom were travelling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Originally the plan was to launch her new video there. This is not Katy Perry's first act of supporting HIV/AIDS awareness of course: In 2009 she joined our project Fashion against AIDS, for which she designed a body suit for girls and a T-shirt for men and chose the slogan "It's what's on the outside that counts." But somehow we think that wha't going on inside is pretty important too for the talented singer. Thank you Katy and keep up the good work!  
18th of July 2014
The idea that music can influence our behaviour isn't new: even Plato dallied with this idea already. In the past the effects were mainly used to speed up manual workers, but nowadays it's used mostly in differents marketing strategies. Does music really have the ability to influence our dating behaviour?   Psychologists Nicolas Guéguen, Céline Jacob and Lubomir Lamy tried to figure this out. In their experiment, single girls were exposed to romantic or 'neutral' music. After they heard one song in the waiting room, they were asked to discuss about organic cookies with a young man (the girls thought that this discussion was the real aim of this research experiment). During the break this guy asked them out on a date. And how did it end? It worked! Women previously exposed to romantic music complied to his request more readily: more than every second girl accepted his invitation! In the group of girls who listened to the neutral song, he wasn't very successful: less than 30% wanted to go out with him. Music has the power!   And what about you? Will this song work on you? As the romantic song they chose Francis Cabrel's 'Je l'aime à mourir   http://youtu.be/bMZVtFCU0ZQ   Are you ready to accept almost every request for a date now? Or did you find the song that was research selected as neutral more romantic? http://youtu.be/FQotk2iJNNQ  
17th of July 2014
Does your partner study medicine? Help him or her to prepare for their exams with these "see-thru" undies. These undies not only flatter your figure but they can also teach you the anatomy of the female genital organs -in the medical sense, mind you. Should your friend really want to excel in all his/her exams there are also bathing suits with internal organs or muscles printed on them. And for those studying circulatory systems, we recommend these fetching stockings.   Photo:dontpaniconline.com / bittersweetjaol     P.S. Do you still remember this bodysuit that Katy Perry designed for our Fashion Against AIDS campaign in 2008? We hope that you at least keep its message in mind: real beauty is on the outside.  
16th of July 2014
Ahoj! Jmenuji se Eliška. Hello! My name is Eliška ...and the story of my 2 months internship at DAA started two days ago.I was sitting on the bus that would take me from Prague to Antwerp and waving to my friends who came to say goodbye to me. All I knew about my new home was that we have three cats and an electric guitar. And that was good enough for me. When I arrived to the DAA house I couldn't believe my eyes: it's even better! We don't have three cats - but four! I haven't seen any guitar yet, but instead of this we have an old piano and amazing paintings everywhere you look. While I was sitting in our garden and calling my friends, I realized that my internship here will be super successful if even just one of my friends who came to say goodbye to me when I was leaving will welcome me back in the Czech Republic with the words: „Eliška, I've got tested! " When I send this article to Ninette she took me somewhere. It should be their living room. Ufff living room?!!! Paradise! Paradise with many guitars, combos and guitars effects. I am absolutely in love with this place!  
28th of June 2014
Hi DAA Lovers, As an old intern and new correspondent in Turkey, I have good news for you. Last week the first transgender beauty queen competition held in Frappe Bar, İstanbul. The contest was organized by İstanbul LGBT Solidarity Associations in order to draw attention to LGBT people in the country who face continual legal challenges, discrimination, hate crimes and murders. There were 8 jury members and 15 competitors from different cities. Yanki Bayramoğlu finally took the crown. Bayramoğlu was crowned by Madame Marika who is the first drag queen of Turkey. 500 guests attended the event which was the last event of Istanbul LGBT Pride Week 2014.   If you want to watch the Zenne, male belly dancer, performance in the contest, check the link! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbGDcBLYTjU
27th of June 2014
Today the US celebrates National HIV Testing Day and, with the help of many volunteers, lots of events for HIV prevention and awareness will be organized around the country. The Greater Than AIDS 'I Got Tested' campaign helps people that want to organize a testing event and testing online campaigns. The project helps people by making them aware of their social power so that they can use it by acting up. We really love this.There is a message to share in our communities: the importance of celebrations like NHTD is given by the fact that public opinion, on one side, understands that HIV is now a manageable disease but, on the other hand, it still sees it as a social taboo, something to keep in the dark. From a certain point of view you can understand some of the reasons why this is happening. For instance, it's quite natural to instinctively try to leave ‘bad' things behind in order to look for a brighter future - many of us do this during our life. The start of the AIDS epidemic was a moment of worldwide panic and nobody remembers it with pleasure. However this doesn't imply that we can rush fast with our imagination towards a rapid conclusion of such a complex problem. Society is ‘normalizing' its view on HIV and this is an important goal that many researchers and activists helped to reach. Education of the new generations is fundamental to have a real impact on what will happen in the next years. In fact we don't all have the same view on what are the right things to teach young adults for them to be able to grow and live in a responsible and healthy way. For us they are: respect, awareness, curiosity and keeping a sense of humor. Know what you are doing -this is the way you'll really enjoy your life.Do you want to know why YOU should get tested too? Then watch this 1 minute video by Testing4All:   http://www.testing4all.org/ 
24th of June 2014
Can a video game be used to do research on HIV? Sure it can and it actually happened 3 years ago already: from 2011, players of Fold It are helping scientists of an experimental research program of The University of Washington's Center for Game Science in collaboration with the UW Department of Biochemistry. The idea for the project was born because researchers needed help to understand how to literally unfold the structure of a protein that plays an important role in HIV.  Researchers had no problem in admitting their limits of understanding and prefer to simply find people more able than them for the task. The limited set of rules of 'Fold It' are similar to the way the protein works at its molecular level, so why not to get creative with that information? The importance of this project isn't given only by the original idea of using video games, but also because it finds a way to actively engage citizens in the work for a noble cause. This is what we call acting up- have fun, you gamers!
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IHAEC blog

Enter the student's territory and follow the days of their lives at DAA's International HIV/AIDS Awareness Education Center (IHAEC).
On this page the students of the Education Center will tell you everything about their stay at DAA, from the things they learn and the campaigns they create to what they have for breakfast, this blog will be their online diary: an opportunity for them to share their experiences and to give you a sneak peak into the life at DAA IHAEC.
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