Tuesday, January 24, 2012


AP- Newly dating and slightly anxious, an innovative program called Testing Together would allow them to hear their test results minutes later, while sitting side by side.

Testing Together, now under way in Chicago and Atlanta, takes and unusual approach. It encourages gay male couples to get tested together and hear their results together. After delivering the results, a counselor talks with the couple aboutt what to do next, including agreements they may want to make with each other about sex and health.

The idea is to bring honesty to sexual relationships. Relationships offer only "mythical protection" from HIV. Some couples may have avoided talking about each other's HIV status.

The Testing Together program challenges conventional practices in the U.S., where HIV testing is usually for individuals only. At most clinics partners are denied getting results because of confidentiality concerns. But the number of gay Americans telling the U.S. Census they're living with same-sex partners nearly doubled in the past decade and a new line of research suggests that up to 68 percent of new HIV infections in gay men come from a main sex partner, in part because main sex partners are more likely to forgo condoms.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Evil Comes To The Caribbean?

Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is concluding a tour of Latin America. He has met with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, the president of Suriname and Fidel Castro in Cuba. He also plans to visit Nicaragua and Ecuador.

Ahmedinejad's visit comes after the U.S. imposed tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, which Washington believes Tehran is using to develop atomic weapons.

Hugo Chavez says he and Ahmadinejad are presented as aggressors by the U.S. He accused the U.S. and its European allies of demonizing Iran and using false claims about the nuclear issue "like they used the excuse of weapons of mass destruction to do what they did in Iraq."

It is a bit unsettling that Iran is attempting to make allies so close to U.S. borders.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Vacation Planning 101

Be sure to visit the Travel Info Page for helpful tips when planning your vacation to the Dominican Republic. Click on the ads for great deals!

Friday, January 06, 2012

We 3 Kings

Today is 3 Kings Day. It is the close of the holiday season throughout much of latin America.