Showing posts with label health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health. Show all posts

Friday, June 27, 2014

National HIV Testing Day

Today Is National HIV Testing Day!

Know your status! Take the test! 

Knowledge is power! 

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Have Fun! Cover Up!

The Memorial Day holiday begins tomorrow, May 23, 2014. Many will journey to local beaches and resorts to celebrate the "season of the sun!" Others will attend events held in observance of the unofficial start of summer. Whatever your plans, it's important to remember to cover-up with sunscreen before venturing out in the sun! 

Sunburn is caused by the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation rather than heat. Skin can and does burn even on cloudy, overcast days, cold winter days and while under shade (shelter from direct sunlight). Sunburn damages or destroys skin, which controls the amount of heat our bodies retain or release, holds in fluids (hydration) and protects us from infection. 

Sunscreen is a chemical that, to some degree, prevents UV radiation from reaching the skin. While there is no sunscreen that totally eliminates UV radiation damage, many products, when use properly, can protect the skin adequately.  

Regardless of where the sun activity is taking place, backyard, ballfield or beach, the sunscreen should contain two elements for effective protection. Always look for a "broad spectrum" product that contains chemicals that prevent both UV-A and UV-B radiation from penetrating the skin. 

While no product is completely waterproof, look for "water-resistant" sunscreens for long lasting wear, especially if swimming or sweating. Choose a product that is both easy to apply and feels good on the skin.There are a variety of types available: creams, moisturizers, lotions, gels, sprays and solid stick. 

SPF is sun protection factor. It's a measure of the effectiveness of the sunscreen in absorbing UV-B radiation. If someone sunburns after about 10 minutes of sun exposure, using a product of SPF15, extends the amount of time before sunburn occurs to 150 minutes or two and a half hours. During this time, it should be reapplied to continue protection. 

In terms of percentages, a product of SPF15 blocks 93% of the U-B rays. One of SPF30 blocks 97% of radiation and one of SPF50 blocks 99%. The difference in protection may not justify the added expense of higher SPF sunscreens. 

Have a safe Memorial Day holiday!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Be Kind!

Make a difference in the life of others! Change someone's day and make it brighter! Not just for family and friends, but for strangers as well. Often, all this involves is sharing a smile and showing a small kindness. Greet someone that you don't know or wait a few seconds while holding open a door for someone that you may never even see again. These minor thoughtless acts can help turn around the day of another person. 

Be a part of a "Be Kind" revolution! If your actions encourage at least one other to do the same, imagine what could happen. A wave of good deeds taking place all around us. Smiles and a considerate gesture cost us nothing yet offer a happier and gentler environment for all!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

End SYG Murder Protest

Gun rights activists often defend the "Stand Your Ground" (SYG) laws as a basic constitutional right. The Constitution guarantees the "right to bear arms," not the right to shoot randomly whenever an individual feels as though he/she might possibly be threatened. SYG is today being used to justify cold-blooded murder against many innocent victims. Exactly how deadly is popcorn as opposed to a gun in the hands of a retired law enforcement officer? 

It's time to eradicate this absurd and lethal law from our society. Murderers should not have a blanket excuse to legally escape justice for homicide. Where is the law to protect the victims from the blood-lust of the trigger-happy?

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Friday, February 7, 2014

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Know yourself and your partner,
Respect yourself and your partner! 
Get tested! 

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, 2014

2014 THEME:



Get educated!

Get tested!

Get involved!

Get treated! 

For additional information, click: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!  

Monday, December 30, 2013

Please Plan Ahead...

Before you arrive at those New Year's Eve parties, plan ahead.

If you're going to be drinking, or drugging, please have a designated driver. 

End 2013 and begin 2014 responsibly. 

Today, make certain that you have an adequate supply of latex or polyurethane condoms and water-based lubricant to last throughout your celebrations. 

Respect yourself and your partner(s). 

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 3: Deaf AIDS Awareness Day

Annually, December 3 is Deaf AIDS Awareness Day. Throughout the international Deaf Culture, this is the date to remember the Deaf lives lost to this global pandemic and to raise awareness on the benefits of testing and on prevention education. A red awareness ribbon is customarily worn on this date. 

In the early years of the HIV/AIDS health crisis, before the ADA (Americans With Differing Abilities Act) mandated the right for sign language interpreters for medical appointments, many Deaf persons diagnosed with this condition were totally unaware of what was causing their sickness. Until the late 1980s, in Deaf Culture, AIDS was often considered a "hearing" disease: one had to have the ability to hear in order to become infected. 

For additional information on the Deaf Culture response to HIV/AIDS, click  here. 

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December 1: World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, 2013

Wear a red HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon.

Show that you are aware and that you care. 

For additional information, click on the links below:



The theme is "Getting To Zero: One Person At A Time."

Zero infections. All of us working together. 

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Purple Spirit Day

Today is Purple Spirit Day, 2013!

Wear the color purple or a purple awareness ribbon to show support for our GLBT youth and to take a stand against bullying! 

This annual day is observed on the third Thursday of October. Millions of Americans wear purple to visually speak out against bullying and to demonstrate concern for all GLBT and questioning youth. 

First held in 2010, Spirit Day was conceived by a teenager, Brittany McMillan, in order to remember those young people who committed suicide as a result of being bullied due to their sexuality. 

To read more, click GLAAD.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Wear a Pink Ribbon to show your concern!

Join in the fight to eradicate this terrible disease! 

For additional information click here!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tuesday Thought...

Do something to make someone happy today. Whether it's a partner, friend, relative, co-worker or neighbor, a small gesture can change their day and give to you a feeling of satisfaction. Put a smile on someone's face and a glow inside your heart, happiness is contagious. Start an epidemic!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Don't Be Fooled!

It's the waning days of summer ! The last thirty days of the comfort season in the Northern Hemisphere. It's also the time when many think it is okay to pass on sunscreen application before spending the day in the sun, doing what we do best: having fun. Nothing could be further from the truth! Don't be fooled! The rays from the sun may not be quite as intense as they were one month ago, but they still pose a serious health hazard. 

It is important to evenly apply sunscreen over the body at least twenty-to-thirty minutes before going outdoors. The harmful UV-A and UV-B light from the sun can still cause sunburn or worse. If you've been regularly using sunscreen before now, abruptly stopping leaves the skin unprotected and unaccustomed to sunlight exposure. The results can, at the very minimum, be highly uncomfortable. 

Don't become a victim to this myth and abandon protection. With the approach of the Labor Day holiday weekend, avoid making a mistake than can alter or cancel plans for "fun, surf and sun." Remember to apply sunscreen before you play!

Another myth that is just as serious is one that darker complected men don't need to use sunscreen. Again, this is false and may cause serious complications. People with darker skin tones are just as susceptible to sunburn and other harmful effects as are those who are lighter  in skin tone. Generously apply sunscreen all over!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

National HIV Testing Day: June 27

Tomorrow, June 27, is the 19th Annual National HIV Testing Day! 

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual campaign to encourage people of all ages to "Take the Test, Take Control."
Too many people don't know they have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the USA, nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV and almost one in five are unaware they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV. If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking medicines regularly helps you live a longer, healthier life and lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

World Naked Hiking Day

Tomorrow, June 21, is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. 

It's also World Naked Hiking Day! 

Traditionally, World Naked Hiking Day is on the longest day of the calendar year. It makes sense, take advantage of the optimum amount of sunlight available. Nude hiking is also an excellent way to welcome the official start of the Summer season. There's no better activity to celebrate the hottest time of the year than to be natural and one with nature. 

World Naked Hiking Day offers many scenic and photographic opportunities to appreciate the wonders of our natural world and the beauty of the clothes-free bodies of men. Imagine, yourself at one with our outdoor environment and in the company of other proud and nude queer men. 

World Naked Hiking Day is immensely popular in Europe and increasing followers in North America. Many gay clothing-optional resorts are now offering guests nude hiking options as a part of their nakation packages. It's an ideal alternative to lounging poolside all day.

Hiking naked is great exercise and a perfect cardio workout. It's also fun! 

In 2013, World Naked Hiking Day falls on a Friday. A terrific opportunity to create an extended weekend and take a hike all three days of the improvised mini-vacation. Due to the date occurring on a weekday, many same gender loving nudist groups are offering nude hiking activities throughout the entire weekend. 

DQN In Northern Virginia author hiking nude

Before heading outside on your hike, here are a few tips to enhance your experience:
  1. Don't hike alone.
  2. Although we're all naked, comfortable walking shoes are a necessity.
  3. Remember insect repellent.
  4. Remember sunscreen. 
  5. Have a small first aid kit handy.
Happy World Naked Hiking Day!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


We all know that sunburn is painful. It looks bad, hurts, peels away and worse. It inflicts long-lasting, wrinkle -inducing damage. Even one blistering burn doubles the lifetime risk of melanoma, a serious skin cancer. We also know that we're human and that we all make mistakes. 

When sunburn happens, following the guidelines or tips recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation may ease the pain and, hopefully, limit the damage. 

Sunburn is caused by UV radiation rather than heat. Sunburn destroys skin, which controls the amount of heat our bodies retain or release, holds in fluids and protects us from infection. If the skin is feeling hot, tingly or beginning to turn red, then it is burning. Get out of the sun as soon as possible. If shade or shelter is not available, then cover the body with clothing, blankets, towels or other items immediately. Look for blisters. Blistering means the skin is damaged and complications are likely. 
  • take a cool bath or shower to soothe the pain
  • apply aloe or another cooling agent DO NOT APPLY BUTTER OR OIL TO ANY BURN
  • over-the-counter pain relievers (ibuprofin) can be used to ease the pain
  • drink fluids to prevent dehydration
While treating a sunburn, bathe or shower with tepid water and avoid soap on the affected area. Soap may cause irritation and extra dry skin.

If a burn is extremely painful, an over-the-counter spray with lidocane (a topical anaesthetic) will help keep the discomfort bearable until it heals. 

Burns cause swelling. Burns of the face or neck can sometimes swell to cause difficulty in breathing. If that happens, get medical attention immediately.

Burns that circle the hands and/or the feet may cause such severe swelling that blood circulation is restricted. If swollen or tight hands or feet become numb or tingly, turn blue or cold, again, seek medical attention.

Remember: too much sun can also cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!