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Addiction: What it is and what it ain't

Posted by Project NEON on February 27, 2014 9:57 AM

Addiction: What it is and what it ain't.
Written by Terry, for the NEON Peer Educator Blog

On Wednesday February 19th I attended a thoughtful informative and eye-opening lecture about the truth and myths about addiction. I attended along with 9 other peer educators from Project NEON.

The speaker was Dr. Gabor Mate. I was both up-lifted and rejuvenated by his candor and logic. He presented and debunked long held stereotypes and beliefs about addiction; people who are addicted; and the many and multifaceted (but always deeply personal) reasons why individuals become chronically addicted to substances or actions. I was most enlightened by his explanation of how society looks down upon the street level addict with disdain, but celebrates the corporate giants' addiction to profit at the expense of the health of the public.

For anyone who is affected by addiction, or knows someone who is, forget about what you know about addiction and read his book. It will make you feel human again.


Condom Tips

Posted by Project NEON on February 20, 2014 12:17 PM

NEON recently came out with a 20th anniversary condom packet. Click the image for a bigger view, or scroll down to see Dr. Dick's condom tips. Happy reading!

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When you're done, hold the base of the condom and pull out while you're still hard so you don't spill fluids. Tie the condom in a knot and throw away.

There's one thing Seattle doesn't recycle: condoms. Never turn a used condom inside out, or try to save it for a rainy day.

Before you tear open that rubber, check the expiration date and make sure the (condom) package feels nice and pillowy. If you don't feel air bubbles, throw it away. The package could have been torn or punctured.

Use lots of water-based lube with condoms. Lube makes everything slippery and prevents your delicate flower from tearing. Put some sensual lube inside the condom before you pinch the tip and roll it down. And of course, put lube on the outside before you slip-n-slide.

Whether you have one partner or four, use a new condom for every sex act. Make condoms party of foreplay, and be a smooth operator by learning how to put one on with your mouth. Put a condom on a sex toy if you're sharing or don't know if it's clean.

A savvy guy gets tested, even if he doesn't have symptoms. Test every 2-3 months for HIV, and other STIs like syphilis, chlamydia, & gonorrhea.

The Hookup

Posted by Project NEON on February 18, 2014 1:24 PM

Hello everyone,
I am Ebony, a peer educator. Last year Project NEON presented a night of erotic poetry and spoken word at Black Coffee Co-op on Capitol Hill. The event was very successful and it showcased the talents of our educators and friends. I had the pleasure of reciting a poem written by Terry, also a peer educator. So for your enjoyment, here is his work entitled The Hookup.

John and Jeff met Saturday night at the bar, and wanted to play.
Jeff tells John, "I don't live far away"
So off they went
Walking hand in hand
Both of them thinking "what a handsome, hot man"
They arrive at Jeff's flat, and as soon as they're in
They peel off their clothes
Eager to begin
They hug and kiss
They fondle and grope
Each feeling the effects
Of some very good dope
It was getting hot and heavy
When Jeff stopped to say
"Are you poz or negative?" --- before we go all the way
John looks at him quizzically, then starts to exclaim
"Why even both asking? Because that's totally lame. If I said I was negative, then what would you say? That if I slid into you raw then that would be okay? The only way to protect yourself when you're a horny boy in heat, is not by asking questions, but by wrapping your meat."
John says "Jeff, I'm negative you see, and I just love having a raw cock in me."
Jeff lets out a sigh and begins to look about,
To find his clothes so he can dress and get out.
"I'm HIV positive. It's something you can't see, but I'm not going to lie to you, like someone obviously did to me."
If someone claims they are negative
You can't really be sure
And if you're taking cock raw you get something that as of yet there is not cure.
Don't be fooled.

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Posted by Project NEON on February 7, 2014 2:43 PM

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Want to take action today in the fight against HIV/AIDS?
Here are 10 Things You Can Do for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!



Posted by Project NEON on February 7, 2014 10:38 AM


Check out the latest post from the NEON Peer Educator Blog, which is sure to provide some food-for-thought. Enjoy Control by Rone.

A savvy guy gets tested...

Posted by Project NEON on February 5, 2014 1:41 PM

We are pleased to offer the following testing options at Seattle Counseling Service:

FREE HIV, STI, and Hepatitis C testing, every FRIDAY from 3-5 p.m. To sign-up, call 206.323.1768, or just walk-in! Testing provided by Gay City Health Project.

FREE Hepatitis C testing, third WEDNESDAY of every month from 2-4 p.m. All appointments are on a walk-in basis. Testing provided by Hepatitis Education Project.

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