18th of April 2014
My girls and I have our ‘therapy sessions’ every once in a while. We get together for coffee, cocktails, dinner or even just chill out in our sweatpants in front of the TV. On nights like this we gossip and vent, if needed. It is also the perfect moment to share stories about our relationships and sex lives. So the other night I asked my friends to share their hottest ‘sexperience’ with me. And wow! I felt like they were describing a movie scene. It’s true what they say you know, kissing and having sex in the rain is way hot. The same goes for ‘Forbidden fruit is always sweeter’. I’m about to tell you two stories, both from the same friend. Get ready for some ‘Fifty shades of grey’ action. And just to make it easier I’m going to give my friend a name: Stella Stella was dating this musician type guy, he had blond hair and was a little bit mysterious. But he was totally into her. One day the two went to his apartment, it was still under construction though, so there was dirt everywhere. Anyway, Stella and Mr.X were teasing each other and it got pretty damn hot. Eventually they ended up on the rooftop. It was raining, but they still went at it. Conclusion of this story: Rain totally sets the mood to have steamy sex. Story number 2 goes a little bit like this: This is about the same guy. But in this case he was the forbidden fruit, because at the time Stella was dating someone else…Bad girl. They were at Mr. Forbidden fruit’s place, chilling and watching a movie. Oh and there was some sexual tension in the room. Those looks they shared! But she got up, got ready to go home. They kissed each other goodbye, looked into each other’s eyes, hearts skipped some beats and BAM they kissed like there was no tomorrow. From this point they were getting undressed on the stairs (thank god nobody broke anything), being very passionate with each other. So the one thing lead to the other and she gave him the time of his life. And this are his words, not hers. So keep in mind, rain and forbidden fruit. When you’re young you want to have the time of your life and experience everything to the fullest. And by all means please do it. Just remember: Keep safe and carry one.
17th of April 2014
All the good must come to an end and today is the last day of my internship in DAA HQ. What did I do during my EVS project? Obviously I became a ‘social-mediachaloic’ in one month but I liked it. I wrote blog entries on the website of DAA, uploaded photos on Instagram, posted new things on Facebook and tweeted. On the other hand, I learned a lot about HIV/AIDS, STDs, birth control and safe sex. It was the most sexual period of my life, in theory. J I also did researches and translations into both Turkish and English. But I think the peak of my work was “My Personal HIV/AIDS Awareness Project”. Like every other EVS volunteer, I had to come up with an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign idea for my home country so I did. I planned an exhibition and a workshop in my former high-school and prepared the needed documents in Turkish. The aim of this exhibition is to show students that everyone can be affected by HIV. No matter who you are, when you were born, where you live, what your job is, you can be HIV+. The aim of it is also to show them the importance of protecting yourself, getting tested and if you test positive, to start your treatment in time! After the exhibition I will also do a workshop to teach them all about birth control, safe sex and what happens if you don’t protect yourselves.. I have an appointment in my former high-school on the next day of my departure. Isn’t it cool? “I don’t like goodbyes.” said Barbara Streisand. Don’t worry I won’t be that dramatic. I am not that kind of person who cries her heart out when they say goodbye. I loved being here. Probably I will feel very awkward when I’m back and will miss everything a lot but come on! I’m going back home. It isn’t that bad and I have an awareness campaign to do. Nevertheless a farewell is a farewell. In DAA HQ I met the greatest and “weirdest” colleagues that I will miss and had real fun while working. They can be sure that all my good memories will come with me to Istanbul. It was a pleasure to meet, work and live with them. Love you all, kisses!
16th of April 2014
You know those awkward moments when you’re looking at an object and then you realize that it’s shaped like a penis? Funny right. People always take pictures of it. The same thing happened with the new fruity-flavored X-Pop of GB Glace, the Swedish ice-cream maker. Let me put it like this: “the frickin’ popsicle looks like a frickin dick”. Just like every other popsicle, you put it in your mouth, suck on it and BAM… something creamy comes out of it. Well you all know what that means in adult life. Basically they’ve made an ice-cream dildo with a special affect. Given the fact that people look so much into it, it might not be the best shape for kids. But I think maybe it would be cool to use these X-pops in our workshops? Hey why not practice while enjoying a fruity flavor? It beats a banana if you ask me.
15th of April 2014
In about a month, on May 17, it’s “The International Day Against Homophobia”.  This day was dedicated to the social recognition of homosexual experience by the “Fondation Emergence” in 2003. What we want is unlimited social acceptance of homosexuality. The Day wants to reach all groups of society, gay, straight, or whatever. Sexual orientation doesn’t really matter in this case, because sometimes even homosexual people tend to show homophobic behavior. People feel threatened when there actually isn’t anything to fear. We are all ‘a person’.  Over the years homosexuals have become more comfortable with their sexuality. More and more gays and lesbians come out, the media are more sympathetic, television includes more homosexual themes and even public personalities come out. This is a major breakthrough. That’s why “The International Day Against Homophobia” isn’t necessarily a negative or victimizing day. This Day may just as well be a day to show the progress and all the positive aspects of homosexuality. It is a celebration of the contribution of gays and lesbians to society.    By getting involved in this Day, you are working towards a prejudice-free world where everyone gets a chance. Visit the website and check out this years’ campaign online. The theme is “Same – sex parenting”
14th of April 2014
Have you attended any baby showers lately? If your answer is yes, you might have bumped into bizarre cakes... Vagina shaped cakes are the most popular for these events these days. In some countries, a baby shower is a way to celebrate the pending or recent birth of a child by presenting gifts to the mother at a party that is commonly "women-only" social gatherings. Cake and finger foods are often served at baby showers. Like in weddings, birthdays and any other celebrations, the cake is the most important thing in baby showers too. Besides the taste, the appearance of the cakes is also very important. There are many questions to answer. Not also ‘Was it a fun party?’ or ‘Was the cake delicious?’ but also ‘Was the mom really creative?’ ‘Were the guests influenced enough?’ ‘Will everybody talk about the cake after the party?’ Because of that, serving vagina shaped cakes is a popular trend around the world. Although I think that the idea of vagina cakes is creative and expressive, I found the cakes very gross and disturbing. On the other hand, there are some people who die for that cakes and find them awesome and fascinating. What do you think about them? Do you want to serve a vagina or penis shaped cake in your baby’s shower or bachelor party? See you on Twitter and Facebook.
11th of April 2014
Today I will write about an amazing ‘Spice Girls’ dance video that has gone viral. Yanis Marshall is the man behind this idea: he's a French choreographer, teacher and dancer. He began dancing at an early age with his mother Nadia who is not only a dance teacher but also the director of a dance association. He's one of the few male dancers in France offering dance classes in high heels -both for girls and boys. You didn’t hear me wrong: both girls and boys! Although some girls have problems with walking in high heels, he is offering dance classes with really high heels. I don’t want to be sexist but oh come on we are talking about high heels. One of the most feminine things ever. “Men in high heels? That's a prosthesis. But I sympathise. Women have these giant heels. They get taller and taller. The men need help. But a man in heels is ridiculous.” says shoe designer Christian Louboutin. Isn’t it possible to disagree with him? Actually it is. When you see Yanis Marshall and his dancers, as a woman you start to think high heels don’t suit you that well at all. If you want to watch their Paris High Heel Dance video, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfKrE3YDtoc Have a nice weekend!
10th of April 2014
-       Is the handsome husband of your pretty neighbor beating her every day?   -       No way! He's always so kind to us... Relationships may seem healthy on the surface but behind closed doors, no one can really know what is happening.  According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime; an estimated 1.3 million victims are affected by this annually and 85% of the time the victims are women. Domestic violence has been also the most chronically under-reported crime. Can’t you see the domestic violation in the first picture? You're not alone. What we see from the outside is often just the tip of an iceberg. Not just for domestic violence but also for other hate crimes. We judge people by the way they dress, look or live. We just see how they look, but not the way they feel. Isn’t discriminating homosexuals a crime too? Maybe the words we say don’t harm them physically, but it breaks their hearts and hurts their feelings. Just because you can’t see the bruises you cause, doesn’t mean that you do something less bad. It's needed to break the silence and to create an environment where people feel comfortable to represent who they are, how they feel and give them the confidence to report cases of abuse.
9th of April 2014
So, Game Of Thrones Season 4 started last week. Soooooo exciting. I’m a very  big fan. If you are too, then keep on reading. True GOT fans know how hot and steamy the show can get. All of our favorite characters have had  sex in the weirdest situations, positions and relationships. I found 10 GOT inspired sex tips on Cosmopolitan.com. Are you adventurous enough to try them out? I dare you. I’m all about sharing information. That’s why I’ll tell you guys which tip I found the weirdest, the hottest and the one I’d try. “Have sex on your period”, really? Why would you want to do that? It’s disgusting, messy, … did I mention DIGUSTING? Please, don’t do it. Have you ever thought of “Going outside”? The Dothraki do it in the middle of the desert. If you don’t have a desert nearby, you can always try a secluded beach, or maybe your backyard? Be as fierce as Daenerys Stormborn, Mother of Dragons and Drogo Khalasar. I’m more of a Cersei  kind of girl. And no, I’m not into my brother, ieuw! I’m talking about “Using sex as a bribe”. I really think it could be fun and totally work in my advantage. For example, “I’ll give you a night of sex in exchange for washing the dishes”. Seems fair, right? Take a look at all 10 of the tips and let us know what you think of them. Would you use one of them, or are you already doing it GOT-style? Share it with us on Facebook. But remember: always do it safe!
8th of April 2014
One of the fun things of writing about HIV prevention is that you become an expert of banned TV spots: these ads are often about condoms and, as a consequence, they show scenes of sex. Some brands want to give only a shaded hint, others decide to go for the 'in your face' approach. The whole point is that marketing people know that a ban from TV can be more a blessing than a curse, because it's like receiving a free spot for your own spot. For instance, we already talked about an ad by Four Season Condoms that, after being banned from Australian TV channels, received more than 7 millions hits on YouTube. Well, now YouTube is giving shelter to another spot for condoms, outcast from the main media channels, that already received millions of hits after being uploaded just a month ago. Not surprising at all. The spot is by Lifestyle Condoms and is about sex and noise isolation. What I mean with that? Just watch the video and have a laugh!  
7th of April 2014
Good Morning Everybody! I hope everybody is fine today because after a long, nice and tiresome weekend, I am back to DAA HQ and I have many things to tell. Especially about the movie 'Trans X Istanbul'. The world premiere of the documentary film 'Trans X Istanbul' by Maria Binder will take place at the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival this April. This is the beginning of a Turkey-wide campaign against hate crimes and impunity against transgender people, women and other minorities in Turkey. 'Trans X Istanbul' is a personal documentary film and part of the multi-platform project 'Trans X Turkey' about the human rights situation of transgender people in Turkey.  With the help of local LGBTQI associations the presentation tour of the film will visit the cities Izmir, Gaziantep, Adana, Ankara, Mersin, Kars and Van. Thousands of trans-women live in the big cities of Turkey and since 2009 there has been an increase in the murders of trans people. Ebru, who is a trans-woman from Istanbul, fights against the displacement and murder of her companions. She has experienced exclusion from state, society and family in her own life. For 25 years she has been active for human rights and the rights of LGBTIQ. She wants to change Turkish society with humor, self-irony and political acumen. She meets Margarethe, who is an 85-year-old German retired nurse and mother of the film‐maker and together they establish a retirement home for trans people. Moreover, the urban transformation of Istanbul and the protests around the Gezi Park are told in the film. Director: Maria Binder Screenwriter: Maria Binder DOP: Miriam Tröscher, Stephan Runge, Maria Binder Editor: Till Ufer Original Music: Claudia Fierke, Sabine Ercklentz, Sinem Altan Producer: Maria Binder Co-Producer: IKGV World Sales: Maria Binder Subtitles: Turkish, German; Turkish, EnglishDon’t forget to watch the trailer, see you tomorrow! LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v1YPNQ5ltI
4th of April 2014
This goes out to all of you die hard Cyndi Lauper fans out there. The 80ies pop singer had some great singles, one of them is “She Bop”, the third song of her album “She’s so unusual”. The song is about masturbation, so you can imagine that it caused some controversy in 1984. This does not take away the fact that the song was her most commercial successful single after ‘”Time After Time”. “She bop” even ended up in the ‘filthy fifteen’ list at the Parents Music Resource Center because of the sexual lyrics. Cyndi never intended for this to happen, she actually wanted kids to think that the song was about dancing. As they would get older they would understand the real meaning of it. As for the video, Cyndi was inspired by “Blueboy Magazine”. At the time she thought it was a women’s magazine, little did she know that it was a popular gay porn publication. If you haven’t seen the video yet, take a look at it right here. You even sing along, we’ve posted the lyrics right here: Well I see them every night in tight blue jeans In the pages of a blue boy magazine Hey I've been thinkin' of a new sensation I'm pickin' up good vibrations Oop she bop she bop  Do I wanna go out with a lion's roar? Huh, yea, I wanna go south and get me some more Hey, they say that a stitch in time saves nine They say I better stop or I'll go blind Oop she bop she bop  She bop he bop a we bop I bop you bop a they bop Be bop be bop a lu bop (I hope he will understand)  She bop he bop a we bop I bop you bop a they bop Be bop be bop a lu she bop Oh she do she bop  Hey, hey they say I better get a chaperone Because I can't stop messin' with the danger zone I won't worry, and I won't fret Ain't no law against it yet Oop she bop she bop  She bop he bop a we bop I bop you bop a they bop Be bop be bop a lu bop (I hope he will understand)  She bop he bop a we bop I bop you bop a they bop Be bop be bop a lu she bop Oh she do she bop she bop  She bop he bop a we bop I bop you bop a they bop Be bop be bop a lu bop (I hope he will understand)  She bop he bop a we bop I bop you bop a they bop Be bop be bop a lu she bop Oh she do she bop Oh she do she bop
3rd of April 2014
Yesterday  was ‘Everyone Matters Day’.  For all of you who don’t know what this is: it’s a global Inclusiveness campaign which stars people such as Sir Paul McCartney, Nicole Kidman, Ellen DeGeneres, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Graig, Natalie Portman, Tom Brokaw, Dame Judi Dench and  Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The organization’s aim is to send out a collective message to judge others less harshly, to see the humanity in everyone and to emphasize that everyone has the right to be who they are! It’s all about stopping the bullying and mistreatment of people. With ‘EVERYONE Matters Day’, the word ‘EVERYONE’ really means everyone: black or white, gay or straight, male or female, disabled, senior, overweight, religious and ethnic. It is the full 100% of people. Each celebrity supporter has come up with a slogan of exclusiveness for online and school campaigns. You can check out all the different slogans here. I think they are truly inspiring. My personal favorite is the one from Natalie Portman: “Let’s bring back an old idea: Treat others as you would like to be treated”. ‘Everyone Matters Day’ is a project of the non-profit organization ‘What’s Your Issue Foundation’ and was founded November 30th in 2011. If you want to know more about this great project or if you want to support it, don’t hesitate to visit the website www.everyonemattersday.com
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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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