2nd of October 2014
A long time ago the underground porn industry increased its popularity, breaking with the usual stuff, by showing sex between people, not between stereotyped genres. Film director Erika Lust, with her feminist pornography, and queer porn producers as Porn For Everyone or Indie Porn Revolution, try to show a more realistic sex. Each body is different, each person has its own way of feeling, there are so many options, if you look beyond mainstream maybe you will leave all your prejudices behind. One of my friends studied sexology and during her internship in a consultation office she had to collect data to make an investigation. Many women were there because they were worried about not having orgasms while having sex, although they did have them when masturbating. They had no physical problems, they just thought more about giving pleasure than about receiving it. And they were more worried about their physical appearance and how they smelled than about having safe sex! To be comfortable with yourself, you should start with taking care about your health, so always use condoms and enjoy the moment without being ashamed about your body.
1st of October 2014
Hello everybody! My name is Saleta, I know, it sounds strange! Maybe so strange that since I have arrived here in Belgium people call me 'Salad'. Don't worry! It doesn't bother me at all, I'm from Spain and there my friends usually call me 'Seta' (mushroom) because it rhymes. I studied Audiovisual Communication in Madrid and I'm doing my European Voluntary Service in Designers Against Aids in Deurne, Antwerp. Such a beautiful city! At the moment, we are three new volunteers on the IHAEC Education Center, what an amazing place to live and work! There is a big garden, four funny cats, a gorgeous office and lovely people who feel like doing cool things! Before leaving Spain I went to a Health Center to know more about AIDS prevention campaigns and I think here we are ready to do a great and attractive work! Let's do it!
26th of September 2014
I still couldn't believe that, but the last day at my work has come today... and it hasn't started as I imagined it, but when you're wearing yesterday's mascara and try to hide that your hair was stylish enough to party last night by wearing a ponytail, you can't expected a relaxing morning.My train to Antwerp had a 30 minute delay, then I was waiting for ages for a tram, which stopped after 500 meters because of some defect - so at least I can't say that I had a lack of time to review my stay in Belgium! It's a cliché to say that, but  I feel like I've just arrived here, seriously, where has all that time gone?! While I was thinking about everything that had happened during my stay at Designers against AIDS and what I learned here, it seems like a very long stay! I am very glad that I didn't listen to all the people around me that were telling me that EVS will be just a waste of my time, becasue it was everything except this. I definitely don't regret that I grabbed this opportunity. Please, if you have a little bit of time, do it for yourself and choose your EVS or internship! I recommend it from the bottom of my heart.One thing that I realized here is how stupid we sometimes are. We wash our hands because we might get infected, we get vaccinated because we might get infected, but when it's enough to do something as trivial as put on a condom because we might get infected - we f*ck it up. So maybe it's time to stop doing stupid things.
25th of September 2014
  Everyone has heard a lot about the friend zone, but sometimes it's time to skip to a higher level, right? What's beyond the boundaries of the friend zone? - the condom zone, of course! Or if you prefer, the Co Zone.   'Co Zone' is also the name of a new campaign, resulting from a partnership of Trojan condoms and popular media channel MTV. The advertizing campaign, which in funny way wants to normalize condom use, became part of MTV's awareness project 'It's Your (Sex) Life' (http://www.itsyoursexlife.com/ ) which has been running since 1997. You can see 3 funny 'Co Zone' spots in the broadcasting roster of MTV and its siblings channels, or you can watch them online here: http://www.itsyoursexlife.com/category/trojan/   I love the one with : "I co-zone you, too." Which one is your favourite?  
24th of September 2014
  Condom meat stuffing, condom escargot cooked with butter, condom cookies, or the evergreen of every Japanese restaurant - condom-wrapped spring rolls. Are you getting hungry already? The recipes for these dishes you can find in a new cookbook titled "Condom Meals I Want to Make for You". The e-book, which contains 11 condom based recipes, is written by manga author Kyosuke Kagami and blogger Opanpon.         Even though it might inspire you in the kitchen, its aim is to promote safe sex and make condoms more familiar and attractive to the Japanese public. Their suggested kitchen use also highlights how durable and easy to use they are, hopefully allowing readers to make a connection to their effectiveness as contraceptives. And Japanese men really need to learn to make this connection, as they are the third worst condom users in the world. The Japanese culinary book is currently available in the Amazon Kindle Store for 250 yen, about 1.80 Euro.  
23rd of September 2014
Actress Emma Watson, who was named a United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador in July, gave an impressive speech on feminism and gender equality at the UN headquarters in New York to launch the "HeForShe" campaign this Saturday. With her touching speech she amazed everyone more than witch Hermiona Granger ever could and she even got a thunderous standing ovation at the end. The movie star and University graduate highlighted that feminism has become an unpopular word and fighting for women's rights has often became synonymous with man-hating. She is sure that the association between feminism and man-hating has to end or equality will remain a distant dream. Watson took this speech also as on opportunity to extend a formal invitation for men and boys to get on board for gender equality. Because as she mentioned: "Gender equality is your issue too. " The actress pointed out that even if we don't want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, she can see that they are. "When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don't have to be aggressive, women won't be compelled to be submissive. If men don't need to control, women won't have to be controlled." In the end she invited everyone to take part in this struggle no matter if they called themselves "feminist" or prefered another word. "We are struggling for a uniting word, but the good news is that we have a uniting movement. It is called HeForShe. I am inviting you to step forward to be seen and to ask yourself, - If not me, who? If not now, when?" You can watch Emma Watson's speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-iFl4qhBsE#t=88 and if you're a man, join the movement here: http://www.heforshe.org/#take-action  
22nd of September 2014
I've said millions of positive things about Belgium so far, but it's not always sunny in Belgium. And after all those loving notes that I've written about this amazing country it's time for the first "hate". Let's take off the pink glasses and face the reality. I am not going to talk about climate change or other fundamental questions - what I'm going to talk about are Belgian trains. If you want to travel by train in one of the richest European country, you expect modern and clean trains. Oh well, I was that naive. I just wanted to find a clean seat, without used plastic bottles underneath it and some garbage on it. When I went through a whole, very old carriage, I realized that this mission was impossible. But the hardship of traveling doesn't end with cleanliness; travel etiquette isn't really popular here either.   Every time when I step in a train and want to join other people sitting on connected seats for more than one persons, I say some kind of greeting and ask if the seat next to them is free. Nothing special, my manners are not like from Great Gatsby era. But because of the astonished looks of the other passengers, I feel like that on board of Belgian trains. I swear I've never heard anyone use this short question -a lot of the time I was really surprised when someone just appeared on the seat next to me, sometimes even really close to me: sitting on someone's handbag obviously is not uncomfortable for some passengers. But please don't be afraid to use this polite question on board of Belgian trains, becasue other people might start to behave the best way they know and when saying goodbye they will give you a lot of warm words. As my experience said.  
17th of September 2014
An unusual event was organized in Tokyo: 9 porn stars took their T-shirts off and let visitors touch their boobs - for charity. "I never thought my boobs could contribute to society!" commented one of the women. The event loosely translates as ‘Boob Aid' and was part of a 24 hour Stop! AIDS campaign event, which has been running since 2003 and is backed by the Japan Foundation for Aids prevention. More than 4000 people came to support this atypical charity campaign and thanks to them adult movie stars raised more than $40,000 for the fight against AIDS in just one day. Quite a lot of money, isn't it? At DAA we prefer to continue with our usual campaign style - if you want to contribute, you can buy some cool clothes and accessories here: http://designersagainstaids.tictail.com/  No boob touching allowed!
15th of September 2014
„If I could offer you one tip for your dating life - wear a condom would be it. The prevention of most sexual transmissive diseases and pregnancy have been proved by scientists"...With this life-saving tip the video of British relationship coach Adam Lyons begins, a video that was made as a parody on the famous video Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen by Baz Luhrmann. Maybe you still remember the commencement speech by Mary Schmich, that was published in a US newspaper in 1997 with the title "Advice, like youth, probably is just wasted on the young"? The essay, giving a series of advice to lead a better life, spread massively via email and later was even made into a music video. A lot of remakes and parodies have been made since, but it's obvious why we love Adam Lyons one. The other tips that this relationship guru is giving us in this video are maybe not as scientifically proved as the first one, but are so true, that from time to time we should think about them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_aMTayDpxw.
12th of September 2014
I've never known that I will say that but I will have no problem to stay in Belgium little bit longer. With little bit longer I don't mean just one or two weeks, but a few months, years....It wasn't love at first sight between me and Belgium. Of course even in my first days here I was sure that it's a beautiful country, that's a fact - you can't argue about it, but I was thinking about it just as a holiday destination.   Well, things have changed and as I started to get to know it more and more, its status started to changing from holiday destination to homeland. I'm not able to say what I love the most about this country, maybe that people of all kind of nationalities, religions and cultural background live here together and everyone brought their own piece to that big puzzle called Belgium. About Antwerp I love that you will never get bored here, because the city is still changing. Even if you will go through the same street ten times in one day - every time it will be a different experience.  Or maybe I love Belgium because of their delicious beer and chocolate? I will need a lot of pages to write about all those reasons why I don't mind to stay here, so I will just summarized that I have everything here to be happy. It wasn't love for the first sight, but it's a strong relationship now.  
11th of September 2014
Pictures of people in a white T-shirt, with their mouth covered with silver ducktape and the “NO H8” sign painted on their cheek- a clear, strong message, isn't it? You probably have already seen some of these pictures, maybe you even became one of the 40 000 faces that have been photographeted in NO H8 campaign. Everything started in 2008, as a reaction to Proposition 8, the law that banned same sex marriage and was passed in California. This photographic protest was born in the heads of celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and his partner Jeff Parshley. The charitable organization not just fights for same sex marriage, but also for gender and human equality rights .   In the beggining, the campaign started with portraits of ordinary people in California's streets, soon it spread worldwide and thousands people all over the world came to an official photoshoot or took their own 'NO H8' picture at home. Many famous people also started to support this campaign, such as Larry King, Kardashians sisters, Weird Al Yankovic, Lena Headey, Martina Navrátilová and our beloved Conchita Wurst. I'm sure that the photos of the celebrities and other people, taken all around the world, will inspire you to take your own NO H8 photo! You can find them on the official NO H8 web page http://www.noh8campaign.com/ and on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/noh8campaign/timeline , where they already have more than 1 128 000 fans!
9th of September 2014
You buy organic vegetables, your morning coffee smells like Fair Trade and you write on recycled paper - but what about your love life? If an eco friendly lifestyle is your thing, you probably won't use a rubber condom - but now you'll have to find another alibi, becasue there are several condoms brands today that make your safe sex green and sustainable. Recently the new brand Sustain got a lot of media attention. Their advertisement, reminding all young ladies that they vagina deserves only the very best and encouraging them to get on top and start to make love the natural way has gone viral. You can check it out here http://vimeo.com/102929465   Sustain condoms were created by an unusual duo in this field - a father and his daughter. Sustain condoms are manufactured Fair Trade and according to the company their latex comes from one of the most sustainable rubber tree plantations on the planet. What's more, 10% of their profits goes to support women's reproductive health care and the Indian plant, where the latex is processed, has their own HIV/AIDS awareness program for local people. Good news for our vegan friends - you can use these condoms too becasue they don't contain casein and the Sustain company is a proud signer of PETA's pledge not to test on animals.   In an interview for Forbes Magazine, Jeffrey Hollender, the founder of Sustain, said that they measure their succes not just in sales growth but also in how they influence the rest of the industry and raise standards by which other companies operate. We hope that other condom companies will change their standards soon they will join visionary brands such as Sustain, Glyde, French letter or L. - the US brand that made a deal that for every condom you purchase, one is distributed in a developing country in need for free.   Do you have your favourite brand of cruelty-free, social and/or Fair Trade condoms? Let us know via info@designersagainstaids.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).
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