Testimonies of eigth gay couples living in Mexico City

Published: August 1, 2008

Testimonies of eigth gay couples living in Mexico City

Issues: This conference is designed to share the unique experience of a civil organization named Agenda LGBT, in Mexico City to create a non-traditional intervention for the purpose of reducing sexually risky behaviour in the gay population and by extension, to reduce the incidence of infection with HIV in Mexico. The presentation describes the planning, publishing and evaluation of the book: "Retratos y testimonios de parejas homosexuales"; the living experiences of eight homosexual couples. The author and presenter, David Gonzalez, will share with participants why the decision to publish the book, the challenges faced finding gay couples to feature, the publishing process as well as the outstandingly positive response the book has gotten in the young people and gay community of Mexico City.

Description: The Agenda LGBT has long observed the worldwide phenomenon that mere repetition of safe sex messages and even warnings are no longer working to reduce risky sexual behaviour nor are they working to reduce the incidence of HIV infection in Mexico City. As a result, the author decided to use a more psycho-affective approach that was intended to inspire gay men to seek the satisfaction, support, pleasure, and sexual health available in healthy relationships.
The messages in the book personalize these benefits of relationships and present them as a positive alternative to risky sexual behaviour.
Also, the visibility of the homosexual couples is for combating stigma and discrimination and enjoys increasing social recognition and respect.

Lessons learned: The Relationships change over the time and each partner change individually and as they have an open communications, an honest dialogue about liberty, sex and tolerance, they protect themselves and they are more conscious for the AIDS prevention.

Next steps: The author will provide an overview of the book as well as the way other organizations can use similar methodologies to decrease HIV infection.

-Abstract available at link below-

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