The Safe House Project 2009 for Displaced & Homeless MSM/Transgender reviewed & more


In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ Youth in New Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sexual Activity Among Jamaica's Men

Gleaner's Health Article


The scenario is played out frequently in my medical practice. A man walks into the office; often unwilling to make eye contact and when asked the reason for the visit, states sheepishly, "Doc, I have picked up a leak!" or "It's my back, doctor!" This is the introduction to a consultation on sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Sexual ignorance

Sexual activity begins at an early age among males in Jamaica. The Ministry of Health reports that the median age for sexual initiation of boys is about 13 years. Early onset of sexual activity, frequent change in partners and multiple partners increase the risks of transmission of infections.

Many young males are ignorant of sex, sexual intimacy, the way females become pregnant, STIs and condom use. A recent study revealed that about one-third of males have had two or more sexual partners in the last year. It is worrying that even males who have some knowledge do not adhere to safe sexual practices.

Agents of STIs

Commonly recognised STIs include gonorrhoea, syphylis and chlamydia. These infections affect primarily the genital parts but may also affect the throat, rectum and anus. Viruses are important causes of STIs such as HIV, hepatitis A, B and C, herpes simplex and human papillomavirus. Parasites such as lice and scabies can also be transmitted during sexual intimacy.

Syphylis causes a sore on the penis which resolves spontaneously. It later reappears as a rash. If untreated, syphylis will cause nerve damage. Chlamydia causes an abnormal discharge from the penis and may cause a chronic infection in the prostate. It is also responsible for infertility among couples. Gonorrhoea is suspected when the man complains of burning when he passes urine or he gets pus from the penis within a few days of sexual intercourse.

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the causative agent of HIV infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer in females. HPV also causes warts in males and females. Genital herpes causes a recurrent, painful rash for which there is no cure. However medication is available for suppression of the attacks.

Controlling STIs

Fortunately, condom use has increased steadily among males. This is a major weapon in the fight against most sexually transmitted infections. Prevention is the best protection against STIs and is often the only means of controlling their spread. Safe sexual practices, adherence to one sexual partner and condom use will reduce heartaches for both men and women.

Dr Pauline Williams-Green is a family physician and president of the Caribbean College of Family Physicians; email: yourhealth@gleanerjm.com.

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What to Do .....

When Arrested and taken to a Police Station you have the right to:

a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone
b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council
c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state
d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police
e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number
f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided
g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence
h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail
i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail
j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence
Cases of Assault:An assault is an apprehension that someone is about to hit you

The following may apply:
1) Call 119 or go to the station or the police arrives depending on the severity of the injuries

2) The report must be about the incident as it happened, once the report is admitted as evidence it becomes the basis for the trial

3) Critical evidence must be gathered as to the injuries received which may include a Doctor’s report of the injuries.

4) The description must be clearly stated; describing injuries directly and identifying them clearly, show the doctor the injuries clearly upon the visit it must be able to stand up under cross examination in court.

5) Misguided evidence threatens the credibility of the witness during a trial; avoid the questioning of the witnesses credibility, the tribunal of fact must be able to rely on the witness’s word in presenting evidence

6) The court is guided by credible evidence on which it will make it’s finding of facts

7) Bolster the credibility of a case by a report from an independent disinterested party.

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