1st of August 2014
Both fragile and despotic We have been pushed from love In the bloody and sweaty quilt Red vegetables with hormones We have been swallowed without chewing Mais la pluie sera alaimisema! (But the rain will turn into a rainbow)  Mabel Matiz – Alaimisema : http://youtu.be/B-FYHq0tOWo    Have you ever heard this song? I am sure you haven’t but you should. It is a brand new Turkish song called ‘Alaimisema’ by Mabel Matiz, a Turkish singer, songwritter and LGBT supporter. His new LGBT themed song ‘Alaimisema’ -which means rainbow in ancient Turkish- is now available on YouTube. The song is about homophobia, transphobia, hate and discrimination. Speaking of which: there's a LGBT pride coming up in Antwerp on August 8 -will you join Team DAA and make rain turn into a rainbow?
1st of August 2014
 Where do you keep you package of condoms? In your wallet? It's time to be more stylish! And with this chic condom case created by Belgian fashion designer Véronique Branquinho you can't go wrong! The hand made leather condom are manufactured by Belgian leather luxury company Delvaux, which used their famous artisan techniques and first class leathers.             Each pouch has the name 'Delvaux' stamped in the leather and comes with a certificate, its own Delvaux dustbag and of course - a condom. Which colour will fit better with you: red, beige or light brown? You can be sure that with any of them you will be very special, because just a few of this hand made pouches have been made. And what's more - 100% of the proceeds of the 50 euro sales price will benefit our education center. Now it's even more chic to be safe!        
31st of July 2014
In front of the DAA education center the Pride flag is flying, heralding that 'Pride Week' is coming to one of the most open and tolerant cities regarding LGBT community rights and the acceptance of the queer lifestyle. From August 4 until 10 the city of Antwerp will be coloured with all shades of the rainbow. Please visit our beautiful city to support the main event, 'The Antwerp Pride Parade', which starts at 2 PM next to Waterpoort Saturday August 8 and ends at the Wave festival - pre-party and after-party festivities included. And on the other Pride days you won't get bored either: there's 'Pride Bingo' on Wednesday, a 'Midsummer Party' on Thursday, or do you prefer the 'Naked, Underwear & Fetish' party at Kinky's? If you want to show your support by dancing the night away, don't miss Saturday's 'Supergays' party, which will be on a party boat complex, with 6 different Dj's promising to blow your mind. Check out the program here http://www.antwerppride.com/2014/program.php . Year after year closing festival is increasing and becoming more popular. The main star of this fabulous party will be no one than Austrian singer and drag queen Conchita Wurst! Don't mis Conchita's show on Sunday August 10 on Grote Markt.   The message of Antwerp Pride is very strong,  thanks to all the immigrants from 164 different countries, who symbolize the wish for equality all over the world. See you there!  
30th of July 2014
Today I got up really early because I had a lot to do. I wanted to write and send letters to my friends. I could do it any other day, but I really want to treat my friends a little bit more today - It's International Friendship Day!While I was going to the post office I had to think about Joyce Hall, the founder of famous Hallmark greetings cards, who originally promoted Friendship Day. Even though he had a nice idea, he intended it more like a commercial gimmick. According to his plan it should be a day on which people celebrate their friendship by sending a cards to each other. Even the date wasn't chosen casually - August 2 is the centre of the largest gap between holiday celebrations. The rediscovery of the idea for an official holiday came up again in the year 1958 in Paraguay, where the World Friendship Crusade was formed . They lobbied at the United Nations for many years to recognize July 30 as World Friendship Day and finally in 2011 the International Day of Friendship was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly, with the idea that friendship between people, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. And guess who was named as the world's Ambassador of Friendship by the United Nations? Nane Annan, Kofi Annan's wife, chose Winnie the Pooh!  
29th of July 2014
Andreja Pejic was born as Andrej Pejic in 1991 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but she didn't feel comfortable in a male body. She dreamed of being a woman and one of her earliest memories is spinning around wearing her mother's skirt, trying to look like a ballerina.What really changed her life and encouraged her to think about the transition were similar people's stories written on the Internet. She felt that all those search results that Google gave her when looking for „sex change" totally described her feelings. Thanks to the support of her mother, grandmother and brother she then began taking puberty blockers to start the physical process to change from male to female. Andrej's modeling career started when he was 17 years old and he wasn't only successful as a male model: Pejic walked both catwalks - the men's and women's shows for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Michael Michalsky and other famous fashion designers. Although she was proud of her nonconforming career, her biggest dream was to feel comfortable in her own body. She continued with her transition and early this year she finally had her sex reassignment surgery. The final step on her way towards becoming a woman was name change and now, as Andreja Pejic, she wants to share her courageous story with the world. She thinks that she has a social responsibility in this regard and she hopes that by sharing her story she can give a human face to this issue that many young -and not so young- people are dealing with.  
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  
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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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