Feb 262015
 
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of February 19, 2015) British association NAM, specialist of the communication on HIV/AIDS, organizes these days a European online survey on communication between health care professionals and people living with HIV in Europe.

The survey, free and anonymous, is available in six languages: English, Spanish, french, Italian, Portuguese, Russian. In addition to being anonymous, the answers are completely confidential, because no prior identification is required.

Survey for HIV

Survey for HIV

NAM will present the synthetic results of this double investigation at a scientific Congress in 2015.

The first question to choose the language of the questionnaire. The survey is divided into two questionnaires, one for HIV-positive people (image above) for professionals of health in working relations with people living with HIV / AIDS (image below).

Note that the questionnaire requires approximately ten minutes of free time. After having checked/completed a response, skips to the next page by clicking on NextIt is possible to return to the previous page by clicking Prev.
The questionnaire for the HIV is very accurate, so do not hesitate to leave your last order and your latest blood results if you do not have a memory of doctor or pharmacist.

Survey for Healthcare professionals

Survey for Healthcare professionals

Comment. A significant part of the questionnaire focuses on medicines prescribed by health care professionals or used by HIV-positive people. Emphasis on the drug component is due to the fact that the study is co-funded by the pharmaceutical laboratory Gilead, well known for its anti-retroviral sold to gold prices. Gilead and wants to learn more about the effectiveness and safety of its molecules.

This article has been translate from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca / MensGo
(via email from NAM received 16 February 2015)

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Feb 252015
 

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of February 25, 2015) An organization of New Jersey who claimed to ‘cure’ homosexuals of their homosexuality was sentenced on February 10, 2015, for a scam to consumption. Peter F. Bariso Jr., of Hudson County (New Jersey) Court judge considered it fraudulent that this organization has led “patients” to believe that homosexuality was a “mental illness”.

Below one of the plaintiffs in this case, Chaim Levin explains his route of gay and militant Jewish:

Jonah (Jews offering new alternatives for healing / Jews for new alternative ways of healing) expresses ‘Institute for the affirmation of the kind’ and presents itself as a not-for-profit organisation. This pharmacy to religious facade says to make practicing homosexual persons conversion therapies using a ‘force-based approach’.

Four Gays have filed a complaint against Jonah after a particularly traumatic ‘therapy’. The complaint was conducted with the support of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an association that fights for the civil rights, and relatives of the victims.

This isn’t Jonah practicing conversion therapy. The officine redirects leads to “therapists” who mint their services. For these therapies, Jonah claims about one-third of success, one third of chess and a third to halfway between the two.

Among other treatments “demeaning and emotionally traumatic,” the four complainants for example had to stand naked before their therapist and one of them had hit a picture of his mother with a tennis racket. One of the complainants, Benjamin Unger, says have suffered for a year the ‘therapy’ advocated by Jonah, and then having to have therapy for five years to repair what Jonah had destroyed.

In his defence, Jonah argues that the “patients” were adults, that no one not forced them to do what they did, that they were satisfied with their therapy, but they fell then into the hands of homosexual proselytes.

It is the second time that j. Bariso decides in this case which dates back to 2012. And this time, it has unsuccessful in solidum Jonah, its Director and a therapist. By presenting “homosexuality, not as a variation of human sexuality, but as a mental illness, disease, or disorder” needing to be cared for, explains j. Bariso in its grounds, the accused have committed “deformity contrary to [New Jersey] Act on the protection of consumers.

In a decision taken a few days previously, Bariso had challenged the scientific evidence request by Jonah. The judge motivated his disqualification by explaining that scientific bodies consider “an overwhelming majority” that homosexuality is not cloudy or an aberration.

The matter should go through several other judicial steps, first in New Jersey (from June 2015) then at the federal level eventually.

Commented on. Some lawyers believe that the decision of judge Bariso could make jurisprudence. In New Jersey, but also to the United States as a whole.

It is the first time that homosexuality conversion therapy proponents are condemned by American justice. The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution usually serves as a room divider unassailable, that do not hesitate to wield any hair religious extremists (here, the fundamentalist Jews). But this time, the judge Bariso led the charge in another area, that of the protection of consumers.

It is therefore more than a matter of religion, homophobia or even morally reprehensible behaviour. It was simply, this time, a case of fraud. Better yet, the sentence does not that underlings, it target in the first place the main customer, even if the sponsor claims have not acted on a non-profit basis.

It is also the first conviction for practice of therapy of conversion of homosexuality on adults. Such therapies are prohibited in some States (for example in New Jersey or California), but only when they are carried out on minors.

This article has been translated from our french blog, to view the original click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via the express of February 19, 2015)

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Feb 182015
 
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of February 18, 2015) A commission of experts presented to the Government of Nepal, February 9, 2015, a report suggesting the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The Nepal becomes the first country in Asia to allow marriages between same-sex couples.
Nepal appreciates the variety of colors, it's something. © Nepalese Ministry of Tourism.

Nepal appreciates the variety of colors, it’s something. © Nepalese Ministry of Tourism.

The centre-left Government had established the commission of experts in 2010 to study the feasibility of gay and lesbian marriage in the country. The commission is chaired by Laxmi Raj Pathak, former Secretary of State for health and Population. This year, the Government was considering even to encourage LGBT tourists to marry in Nepal, although gay marriage has no legal value.

Experts appointed by the Government it is recommended there is an amendment of the Constitution, the laws and the criminal code so that the ‘unnatural acts’ are no longer considered criminal and sexual minorities will be more discriminated against with the blessing of a society strongly homophobic.

In their great majority, Nepali families refuse that homosexuality lives in broad daylight. They arrange, in the best of cases, to perform marriages of facade; and in the worst case, gays and lesbians suffer forced marriages.

The commission does not merely advocate a legislative change that would allow marriage between two men or two women. It is also necessary, she believes, to establish full equality of rights between couples gays and straights, even between all citizens. Including parenting, protection of children, social benefits, taxation and inheritance.

The conclusions of the panel of experts join a judgment of the supreme court, which on December 21, 2007 condemned the Government to give equal rights to sexual minorities. In 2008, the supreme Court of the Nepal already called on the Government to set up a commission to assess the feasibility of a legalization of gay marriage.

The only development since then legalised by the Nepal concerns trans and intersex people. Several official documents (passport, voter registration card, citizenship certificate, entry/exit from the territory form) allow to specify a sex not ‘male’ or ‘female’, but ‘other ‘. The national census into account since 2011. Except that obtaining such official documents, despite their perfect legality, is still the obstacle course.

Sunil Babu Pant, first member of Nepalese Parliament openly gay and founder of a LGBT organization called the Blue Diamond Society, has welcomed the content of the report.

“It is tremendous news. This report is very good and it is based on justice and equality. »
Sunil Babu Pant

“This is such fantastic news. “The report is very good and is based on justice and equality.”
Sunil Babu Pant

Commented on. The Committee of experts has delivered a 150-page report, which perhaps explains the slowness of its gestation.

Neither the Government nor the political parties have indicated yet as to what home they will give to this report – which the recommendations have no legally binding character.

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via Hindustan Times and Washington Blade’s February 10, 2015)

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