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Man Cured of AIDS: ‘I Feel Good’

Published 06/08/2012 by Sensi Boutique

Man Cured of AIDS: ‘I Feel Good’

ABC NewsBy Carrie Gann | ABC News – 15 hrs ago

The fact that Timothy Brown is a reasonably healthy 46-year-old is no small thing. Only a few years ago, he had AIDS.

“I feel good,” Brown told ABC News. “I haven’t had any major illnesses, just occasional colds like normal people.”

Brown is the only person in the world to be cured of AIDS, the result of a transplant of blood stem cells he received to treat leukemia.

“My case is the proof in concept that HIV can be cured,” he said.

Brown   got lucky. The blood stem cells he received came from a donor with a special genetic mutation that made him resistant to HIV. The genetic mutation occurs in less than 1 percent of Caucasians, and far less frequently in people of other races. Before Brown got his transplant in 2007, doctors tested nearly 70 donors for this genetic mutation before they found one who was a match.

But doctors hope that a similar solution could   help other people with HIV: umbilical cord blood transplants.

Dr. Lawrence Petz, medical director of StemCyte, an umbilical cord blood bank, said although Brown was cured by his transplant, the process was complicated because the blood stem cells came from an adult donor.

“When you do that you have to have a very close match between donor and recipient,” Petz said. “With umbilical cord blood, we don’t need such a close match. It’s far easier to find donor matches.”

But it’s still not that easy. Petz and his colleagues have tested 17,000 samples of cord blood so far, and found just 102 that have the genetic HIV-resistant mutation. The team performed the first cord blood transplant on an HIV-infected patient a few weeks ago, and they have another transplant planned for a similar patient in Madrid, Spain, later this year. It will still be months before researchers can tell if the transplants have any effect on the patients’ HIV.

Petz also noted that transplants aren’t performed solely to treat AIDS. Patients who get them have an additional condition that requires a blood stem cell transplant. Curing their AIDS would be an incredible bonus.

“It can be done. It’s just a matter of time,” Petz said.

Brown had his transplant in February 2007. Today, his body shows no signs of the virus.

Brown said he feels guilty being the only person to have been cured of the virus when millions still live with it. But he hopes his story will inspire others that a cure is possible.

“I don’t want to be the only person in the world cured of HIV. I want a cure for everyone,” he said.

Top 15 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gay

Published 05/24/2012 by Sensi Boutique

This is a great story if you ask me, my wonderful wife stumled across this and it is pretty ironic if you ask me. I have nothing against republicans, it is purley a difference of political opinons. This story to me highlights the fact that if more people where honest with themselves the world would be a better place.

Top 15 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gay.

Top gay-friendly destinations

Published 03/12/2012 by Sensi Boutique

1. San Francisco, USA

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Rainbow flags adorn apartment windows and bar entrances in many San Francisco neighbourhoods, with nearly every bar and  business in the Castro catering to gays and lesbians. Pride Week is capped by  the often-outrageous ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride Parade’ – where half a million people party in the street on the last Sunday in June. Also  in June is the long-running queer film festival.

2. Sydney, Australia

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Hey, in Sydney  gay is the new straight. Gay and lesbian culture forms a vocal, vital,  well-organised and colourful part of Sydney’s social fabric. Host of the 2002  Gay Games, Sydney also plays host to Australia’s biggest annual tourist event – the Mardi Gras. The joy-filled hedonism-meets-political-protest parade is  attended by more than half a million people. Beach life also reigns here, so  boys should buff up before hitting the sand.

3. Brighton, England

 

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Perhaps it’s Brighton’s long-time association with the theatre, but for  more than 100 years the city has been a gay haven. The vibrant queer community  is made-up of 40,000 residents – almost a quarter of the total population.  Kemptown (aka Camptown) is where it’s all at, with a rank of gay-owned bars,  hotels, cafés, bookshops and saunas. There’s even a ‘Gay’s the Word’ walking  tour.

4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Touted as the gay and lesbian capital of Europe, partisan estimates put the  proportion of gay and lesbian people in Amsterdam at 20% to 30%. Though the figures are probably  exaggerated, there’s no underestimating the number of venues for gays and  lesbians. There are more than 100 bars and nightclubs, gay hotels, bookshops,  sport clubs, choirs and support services. Amsterdam hosts the only water-borne  gay-pride parade in the world, held on the canals on the first Saturday in  August. Even bigger is Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day) on 30 April around  the Homomonument – dedicated to those who were persecuted by the Nazis for their  sexual preferences.

5. Berlin, Germany

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Berlin’s legendary liberalism has spawned one of the world’s  biggest gay and lesbian scenes. Openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit outed himself  with the now-popular words: ‘I’m gay, and that’s a good thing’. As befits  Berlin’s decentralised nature, the city has no dedicated gay ghetto although it  contains a number of established scenes. Huge crowds turn out in early June for Schwul-Lesbisches Strassenfest (Gay-Lesbian Street Fair), which is  basically a warm-up for Christopher Street Day later that month.

6. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Do as the Love Boat used to, and dock in the world famous resort town of Puerto  Vallarta. The gay scene here is pumping, with accommodations, tours, cruises  and a variety of venues all catering to the gay market. Meet amigos in town  (with cobblestone streets and red-roofed adobe-style buildings) at one of the  many martini bars, strip clubs or drag shows. And strut or sloth on one of the  glorious white-sand beaches.

7. New York City, USA

New  York’s Chelsea and Greenwich Village are synonymous with gay life,  possessing a thriving out-there scene. A number of quieter clubs and bars  continue to flourish further uptown in Chelsea as well. Every scene, from art to  fashion, is hot in New York – and the gay scene is no exception, with great  galleries, bars and clubs. June sees the obligatory Gay Pride parade attracting  revellers from around the world.

8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

During Carnaval (February or March), thousands of expatriate Brazilian and  gringo gays fly in to take part in the fun, with transvestites stealing the show  at most balls. Outside Carnaval the gay scene is active, though less visible  than in cities such as San Francisco and Sydney. The gay capital of Latin  America is a mostly integrated scene, with the Entertainment sections of local  newspapers and magazines branding establishments ‘GLS’: Gays, Lesbians and  Sympathisers.

9. Prague, Czech Republic

The beguiling bohemian city of Prague inspired Kafka to warn visitors: ‘this little mother  has claws’. Its maze of medieval lanes keeps a bevy of bars catering to all  fancies: from leather through to rent boy. The cradle of Czech culture, Prague  also stages a gay and lesbian film festival annually in November. Despite the  city’s wholesale acceptance of same-sex partnerships, there’s a segregated gay  scene, and public displays of affection are generally ill advised.

10. Bangkok, Thailand

There’s no ‘gay movement’ as such in Bangkok, as there’s no antigay establishment to move  against. Thai culture is generally accepting of male and female homosexuality;  however, public displays of affection per se are mostly frowned upon.  The fairly prominent scene centres on the proliferation of bars, often enlivened  by high camp cabaret.

Lonely Planet guides are also gay-friendly, containing information on the  gay and lesbian establishments you can visit on your trips. Buy our guides here.

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/san-francisco/travel-tips-and-articles/76124#ixzz1ov5k1ygp

Sex Toys

Published 02/19/2012 by Sensi Boutique

Sex Toys and Books are a great addition to anyones life.We have everything from books on gay and lesbian relationships, karma sutra, sex toys, and  sexy games to play with your partner.  We love them and we love buying them. hope you find something you love and if you dont let us know and we will try to help you find it.

here are a few pictures of what we personally love

 

our favorite harness

 

our favorite toy

 

 

here is the link and it is also available through the the menu bar labled the store.

http://astore.amazon.com/sensbout05-20

 

sensuality

Published 02/19/2012 by Sensi Boutique

Recently I googled the word sensuality to see what it actually meant. The definiton I found was:

  • The enjoyment, expression, or pursuit of physical, esp. sexual, pleasure.
  • The condition of being pleasing or fulfilling to the senses: “life can dazzle with its sensuality, its color.”

This is the offical Google definition and its quite on point, the difficult part is translating a definiton into actual real life. No one can teach us how to be or feel sensual. Apparently there is an online test that anyone can take to see how sensual they are, I took it and it is a bit lame.

I have found that in relationships being sensual with your partner is something that both people must work on together. There are many articles out there that give advice, pointers and how to’s for people trying to re-ignite the passion. Some of these are well thought out some are just recycled ideas.

Sensuality is a total body feeling, it involves using all of your senses to feel what is going on around you and to really feel what is going on inside of you. There are ways to help reignite that passion and the sensual feelings that we all naturly have. However its not for me or anyone else to tell you exactly what will work.

Start out by thinking of your five senses.

  1. smell
  2. taste
  3. touch
  4. feel
  5. seeing

as you start to think of these senses, think about the things that excite these senses for you. everyone is different and has different things. Some people would enjoy an massage with candle light, armoa therepy and some soft music. Everyone is different and sometimes it takes time to tune into what works for you and your partner.

Recently, my wife and I started getting couples massages, and I have to admit it is extremely sensual. It’s something very different then I am use too. At first I was skeptical of a stranger getting into my “bubble” but now I love it and can’t wait to experience it again. It’s given us a new tool to explore our senses.

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