Top 7 Reasons Why Filipino Gay Men Don’t Use Condoms

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Top 7 Reasons Why Filipino Gay Men Don’t Use Condoms

 

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There are 585 new HIV cases as of July 2014 based on the last HIV and AIDS Registry from the National Epidemiology Center of the Department of Health (NEC-DOH). This has been the highest record so far in the Philippines. With the growing number of new cases every month, it is quite alarming that people, especially concentrated affected population, are still at high risk of infection. Why? Answers may vary but surely prevention is not put in mind in the first place.

 

One of the preventions that we can do is to use a condom. It is said that condom use can reduce HIV infection risk by as much as 90%. It is one of the most accessible and feasible preventions instead of abstinence. However, men (including MSM) do not conform to it.
Last June, I was able to attend the UP Manila Chancellor’s Health Policy Forum on HIV and AIDS. One of the topics tackled is condom use. In line with this, let me give you the top 7 reasons for not using a condom.

 

Top 7 reasons why Filipino gay men don’t use condoms

 

A condom is not available. (37.82%)

DOH allots money for condoms and its distribution in the Philippines. So I don’t know how it can be possible that this reason takes the highest toll of not using a condom. Maybe because I live in the city where a condom is accessible that’s why I can say this. But it should never be an excuse for someone not to use a condom just because it is not available. It is available. You just need to know your resources.

 

Don’t like condoms. (25.39%)

It is sure a known fact that having sex with a condom will not give us the same sensation that we can achieve by not using it. But let’s also choose the lesser of two evils: satisfying protected sex for 10-15 minutes or a “lifetime achievement award?”

 

Not necessary. (20.15%)

A condom can be UNNECESSARY IF both you and your partner have never been at risk for HIV and other STDs. But for any risky behaviors outside monogamy of both partners, then the condom is both a necessity and necessary.

 

Partner objected. (8.07%)

Sex is a shared responsibility. And both must take part in making sure that they do the necessary things to make it satisfying yet safe. So if your partner objects, try to let him realize the possible consequences rather than the momentary bliss we’ll be lavishing. It’s still never too late to mend our risky behaviors. Promise.

 

Forgot to put on a condom. (2.92%)

A person who values the sanctity of safe sex and his partner will never forget to use a condom. But it also boils down to the couples to be particular of the safety precautions that they take to prevent being infected or infecting HIV. So always make it a reminder to use condoms.

 

Don’t know how to wear a condom. (1.7%)

That is why it is very important that we educate not just adults but also the youth about HIV awareness. And that holds true also in educating them on how to use condoms. We must not look at it as a taboo but consider it a topic of universal appeal. Everybody will be having sex sooner than later. Let the youth be empowered with their choices that they make when it comes to sex.

 

Condoms are expensive. (1.18%)

Yes, condoms are expensive, but being infected is more expensive. Again, it boils down to being responsible for our acts.

 

 

Sex is part of life and we must not deprive ourselves of it. But we can partake in the safe, satisfying sex that that we can enjoy, cherish and remember rather than regret, abhor and scar us. We can help in reducing the spread of HIV. Take part in spreading the word. Spread the love, not the virus. Use condom.

 

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Top 7 Reasons Why Filipino Gay Men Don’t Use Condoms

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Joemar is the Blogger-In-Chief of BaklaPoAko.Com. He is currently a graduate student in University of the Philippines Open University. He also studied at Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry and School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). He is a bold advocate of education, environment and LGBT issues. An earner, dreamer and a lover. Before he was once a dream-sprouting seed. Now he's a tree in his renaissance and will always be evergreen. Hear him speak with his intelligent guide for gay news of the Philippines and worldwide, Bakla Po Ako. Confirmed!.Follow him on Twitter @belleza_joemar. Gay it forward!
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Joemar is the Blogger-In-Chief of BaklaPoAko.Com. He is currently a graduate student in University of the Philippines Open University. He also studied at Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry and School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). He is a bold advocate of education, environment and LGBT issues. An earner, dreamer and a lover. Before he was once a dream-sprouting seed. Now he's a tree in his renaissance and will always be evergreen. Hear him speak with his intelligent guide for gay news of the Philippines and worldwide, Bakla Po Ako. Confirmed!. Follow him on Twitter @belleza_joemar. Gay it forward!