Posts tagged ‘Health’

August 4, 2011

SF CA: Raising Awareness for Hepatitis C

by Accidental Bear

I am immune to everything since my morning routine consists of bathing in bleach, removing all body hair, gargling with Raid, slipping a full body condom  on, elbow high gloves, protected glasses and I only breathe pure oxygen from a tank I wheel behind ,e in a red wagon. Hep still scares me though. Read on… AB

http://hepcsf.org/uploads/Recommendations_Document.pdf.

District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, left, holds up a T-shirt given to him by Nina Grossman, a member of the San Francisco Hepatitis C Task Force, during an outreach event at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro Thursday, July 28, which was World Hepatitis Day. There are an estimated 12,000 San Franciscans infected with hepatitis C, with most not aware of their status. The disease disproportionately affects African Americans, Latinos, veterans, people involved with the criminal justice system, injection drug users, men who have sex with men, people with HIV, immigrants, and low-income people.

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August 3, 2011

The Other Organ Where Size Matters: Brains (video)

by Accidental Bear

Sorry, this story has nothing to do with penises at all.

As a general rule, mammal species with big bodies tend to have big brains. If you know the weight of a mammal’s body, you can make a fairly good guess about how large its brain will be. As far as scientists can tell, this rule derives from the fact that the more body there is, the more neurons needed to control it. But this body-to-brain rule isn’t perfect. Some species deviate a little from it. A few deviate a lot. We humans are particularly spectacular rule breakers. If we were an ordinary mammal species, our brains would be about one-sixth their actual size.

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(via andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)

 

August 1, 2011

Hey Baby Face, Kiehl’s for amfAR: LifeRide for amfAR

by Accidental Bear

 

Motorcycles and cream, love it. (remove mind from gutter here)

kiehls 01 selectism Kiehls for amfAR

Maintaining a long-standing tradition of supporting HIV/AIDS charities, Kiehl’s Since 1851, has announced the Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream to benefit amfAR.

The Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream will launch during the second annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, a seven-day charity motorcycle ride up the Eastern coast. 100% of proceeds from the sale of the cream will benefit the charity.

July 21, 2011

Manzine Issue 5: A Publication About the Male Phenomena

by Accidental Bear

A magazine built for a man you say. If it’s made for the men I know the walls must be built out of glitter, women’s shoes in size 13, nail polish and hairballs. That’s what you would get if you scraped and radical fairy or a Bear at a street fair. Check out manzines website www.themanzine.com

July 11, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM GAY CITY: Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic

by Accidental Bear

 

Congratulations Team Gay City on our fourth year riding in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, with two days of riding, two hundred miles ridden, and thousands of dollars raised. Thanks for all of your hard work!

Team Gay City is dedicated to being inclusive, supportive & fun. You can learn more about the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic here.

July 5, 2011

India Health Minister Calls Homosexuality Disease

by Accidental Bear

I propose a punishment for his verbal diarrhea: Put the minister in a cage full of lions and tigers after rubbing him down with raw meat, all the while gay-homesexuals surround the cage bumping and grinding the Born This Way by Ms Gaga, Lady Gaga if you’re nasty. AB

Ghulam Nabi Azad(via AP Press)

NEW DELHI— India’s health minister derided homosexuality as an unnatural “disease” from the West at an HIV/AIDS conference, drawing outrage Tuesday from a U.N. official and activists who said the comments set back campaigns for gay rights and against HIV.

In a hastily called news conference Tuesday evening, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said he was misquoted, though video of Monday’s speech has aired repeatedly on Indian television.

“Some people have played with the words. I have been quoted out of context,” he said. “My reference was to HIV as a disease. As health minister, I know (male homosexual sex) is not a disease.”

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June 28, 2011

Non-intelectual Summer Reading ‘Wrestling the Hulk’ : No Brain Required

by Accidental Bear

As a young man I was obsessed with Hulk Hogan for a selected period of my youth. Growing up in a litter of 4 brothers our bedrooms were often turned into WWF platforms. I even cuddled my 12″ tall Hulk Hogan-strechy doll to sleep at night. Little did I know at that moment he was my daddy figure. Some of us, with Hogan always on our radar were slightly embarrassed when we saw his family public shame produced in form of a reality show. We were also shocked to see his family life come tumbling down and hit rock bottom. His ex-wife  Linda Hogan picks up the pieces and moves on with her life and is trying to make some money in a tell all book. I am embarrassed to say that I am intrigued. This will be one of my guilty pleasures of the summer.

June 27, 2011

The Facial Hair Handbook by 2 Time Beard Champion Winner :Its a Contest this Time Around

by Accidental Bear

Its a contest this time around.  Submit your most creative, crazy, but SFW submissions. It can your own beard or the beard of a friend.  I’ll pick my favorite and you’ll get this book and some other goodies. 

Contest ends July 5th.
that gives you a good week to come up with something.

It should have been seen as a sign that a man can shave every day of his life and his beard will keep growing back. Over the past few years, we’ve seen facial hair sprouting up on faces everywhere. Men want to experiment with their facial gardens, but it’s not always just as easy as putting the razor to rest…

Beard Grooming

The Facial Hair Handbook is a hilarious and informative guide to all aspects of facial hair, for men of all ages and all faces. From making the decision to wear facial hair, to the best way to take it off, all men can finally be stylish and care for their appearance while staying true to who they are: Men.

The guy’s got swagger in spades…and that attitude comes through on the pages. That makes the book a fun read – even if your aspirations for facial adornment never move beyond the milk-mustache phase.
LA Times

Author Jack Passion is a two-time world beard champion and stars on IFC’s Whisker Wars, coming this August.

Available Wherever Books Are Sold!

The Facial Hair Handbook Contest

June 8, 2011

LENNOX SLAMS WORLD LEADERS OVER HIV POLICY

by Accidental Bear

Singer ANNIE LENNOX has urged world leaders to change their policy on tackling HIV in a bid to conquer the virus.

The former Eurythmics star is a leading campaigner for women’s rights and Aids prevention, and she was invited to address the HIV Priorities for Positive Change: In Women’s Words conference at the United Nations (U.N.) headquarters in New York on Tuesday (07Jun11).

In a stinging rebuke, the Why hitmaker blasted U.N. leaders for concentrating their efforts on women of childbearing age while sidelining young girls and older women.

She also warned the world will never be rid of the threat of Aids until governments change their “negligent” attitude. MORE

via www.dailystar.co.uk

 

May 28, 2011

Are Hot Dogs Really Bad for You? Um, Yes!

by Accidental Bear

You already know about the dangers of fat and cholesterol, but how about nitrates?

Q: I’m gearing up for the spring and summer barbecues and I’m wondering — what’s the deal with hot dogs? Are they really that bad for you?

A: Though I love a good dog as much as the next guy (or gal), I have to admit that hot dogs have gotten a pretty bad rap in recent years. Though that’s not to say that we’re paying much mind to the health warnings, mind you. Retail sales of hot dogs last year were northwards of $1.68 billion.

So what’s the problem with the all-American summer favorite? Well, hot dogs (and other meat that has been cured, such as bacon or salami) contain nitrates, which are added to the meat during the cooking process to prevent the growth of botulism and to help the hot dogs maintain a vibrant pinkish color (without the nitrates, the hot dogs would turn brown or gray — tantalizing, right?). Here’s the catch, though. In the human body, these nitrates form nitrosamines, which have been associated with various cancers.

In 2005, a study at the University of Hawaii linked consumption of processed meats to a 67 percent increase in the risk for pancreatic cancer. Yet another more recent study links eating too much processed meats to heart disease and diabetes. This study found that eating one serving a day of foods like bacon, hot dogs and salami was enough to greatly elevate your risk. Interestingly enough, the researchers did not find that eating unprocessed meat at the same rate led to nearly the same risk. What’s the difference in the meats that contain similar amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol? The processed meats had four times the amount of sodium and 50 percent more sodium nitrite. READ MORE

May 7, 2011

Michael Stipe Reflects on AIDS Witch Hunt

by Accidental Bear

There are monsters under the bed and trolls under the bridge to worry about, but your real concern, the one that slaps you in the face may be AIDS; In your friends faces, in your community, your next door neighbor, on fliers and billboards. Michael Stipe talks about moving to New York  at 21 and getting his wake up call. AB

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‘Holy shit. This is for real.’

By Advocate.com Editors

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Michael Stipe recalls being frightened by AIDS as a young man and compares the early days of testing to a witch hunt, according to an article in Interview magazine.

Asked what he’s afraid of, the R.E.M. vocalist replies, “I’m afraid of everything. I’m not a naturally courageous person, but AIDS really brought it home. I mean, it was right when I was 21 years old and came to New York and saw the first billboard about AIDS. It was like, ‘Holy shit. This is for real.’ It was scary. It was right at the time when I was in a band. Suddenly there were all these people who were available to me — men and women — and I was really having fun. But then there came responsibility and feeling afraid and being afraid to get tested, because you couldn’t get tested anonymously. It was so fucked up.” READ MORE

May 6, 2011

Hair to Stay: From the Shaggy ’70s to the Modern Otter

by Accidental Bear

Gay.com Daily breaks done hair politics and trends like 1,2,3.

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By Kit Christopher & Joe Thompson

Hair. For gay men, it can be a complex topic.

Those thousands upon thousands of tiny strands do more than frame your features and enhance your masculinity. They are a social signifier that can communicate everything from how you feel about politics to how you want to be viewed to who you want in bed—and what you’ll do with the guy once you get him there.

For the last few decades it’s been easy to track the twin progressions of hair and sex in the media. In 1968, Hair brought shaggy manes, bearded faces, and sexual abandon to Broadway; in 1970, Joe Dallesandro memorably debuted his past-shoulder-length, stick-straight tresses in the movie Trash; and in 1972, Burt Reynolds stunned the world in his Cosmopolitan centerfold wearing just a smile and the most beautiful mustache ever grown—oh, and some luxurious chest hair that would be popping out of unbuttoned shirts for the next few decades. READ MORE @ Gay.com Daily

March 31, 2011

HIV post-exposure Prophylaxis for Free

by Accidental Bear

Have you fallen off the safety wagon? Extend hands, palms down, *** SMACK*** Living life without judgement is quite an effort. I equate this PEP to the day after pill for women, but dealing with HIV infection is leaps and bounds heavier than giving birth to an unwanted bastard. This article raises many questions? What time frame does an exposed person has? Cost?

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Free PEP in NYC

By Advocate.com Editors

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The Men’s Sexual Health Project in New York City will offer emergency HIV post-exposure prophylaxis for free in a new program called “M*SHP minus 36:00.”

Joe.My.God. reports on the program made possible by support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation to provide HIV post-exposure prophylaxis “in a streamlined and community-appropriate way.”

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March 30, 2011

Shave with some Whiskey

by Accidental Bear

I am not sure showing up to work after your shit, shower, and shave, smelling like Whiskey would be the best idea.

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Portland General Store Whiskey Wet Shave Jelly

Portland General Store Whiskey Wet Shave Jelly

Shave with some whiskey, my friends. “This is a wonderfully rich, lathering shave soap with a lovely scent of WHISKEY. Blended into this soap is bentonite clay, also referred to as Montmorillonite, one of the most effective and powerful healing clays used to treat both internal and external maladies. Bentonite is a highly absorbent clay that pulls oils and toxins from the skin.” Blackbird carries the line.

 

March 24, 2011

A Splash of Good News: HIV continues retreat in SF

by Accidental Bear

The only good news to ever hear about HIV infection would be that there is a cure. But the encouraging news about the steady decline in new infections, i’ll take. Wrap it up men, don’t share needles and all the other stuff you know your not suppose. AIDS isn’t funny. There’s no other way to say it. Don’t try it at home.

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Researcher H. Fisher Raymond. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland

by Matthew S. Bajko

m.bajko@ebar.com

This year marks a decade-long retreat in new HIV cases in San Francisco. Between 2001 and 2011 the city has witnessed a steady decline in new infections.

Ten years ago the city estimated that more than 1,000 people would become infected with HIV, the large majority of whom were gay and bisexual men. Now San Francisco health researchers estimate there are 736 new HIV infections each year, according to the latest HIV Consensus Estimates.

The number could actually be as low as 621 new HIV cases per year. Due to statistical uncertainty, researchers in the city’s Department of Public Health Epidemiology Section advise that the “plausibility bounds” for new infections range from 534 cases at the low end to 977 cases at the upper end.

The city’s HIV incidence rate now stands at 0.09 percent, a 30.8 percent reduction in the rate since 2006. The city has also seen a 24.6 percent reduction in the number of cases over the last five years.

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