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Guidebook promotes safer sex for gay men

in TAIWAN (CHINESE TAIPEI), 08/09/2012

Anal sex, gay bathhouses and recreational drugs. Those are among the topics that readers of Gay Sex Guru: Safer Sex Guide For Gay Men (男同志性愛達人手冊) will learn about as they flip through the pages of the new guide. Published by Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association, the manual is designed to promote sexual health and disease prevention in the gay community from a pragmatic point of view, physicians and gay rights activists said.

Gender/Sexuality Rights Association Taiwan secretary-general Wang Ping (王蘋) said that closing one’s eyes to sex and recreational drug use was to avoid real life.
Sex education has to address individuals’ needs and be rooted in real-life experiences so that people can learn useful information and make informed decisions, she said.

The Tongzhi Hotline first published a gay sex manual in 2005, using educational material from the UK. The content of the new handbook is based on the experiences of local communities and written by members of the association. Moreover, unlike most sex education materials available in Taiwan that use drawings and cartoons for illustration purposes, real persons were recruited to get the message across in the guide.

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