Inside the bars, girls in black and red negligees do bored and uninspired dances in front of an audience that looks like humanity's version of toxic waste. I brush my teeth and wash my body. The women cannot show themselves at the balconies or in a window, nor can they solicit in the streets. Sure, the sex is disgusting, she says. I was just standing here when it happened. I was sincerely bothered by the unnecessary and unfortunate message attributing the cause of many deaths on a group shown to be none other than the College of Cardinals, the successors of Saint Peter and the apostles in the eyes of the Catholic community. The health department asked the permission of the bar owner to do the antibody testing. To protect myself, I clean myself after every customer. In Manila City, where the mayor had banned condoms from public health clinics, NGOs that specialized in school-based sex education found it difficult to deliver their services. Chief among them was that the clinics functioned more as an employment screening process than as a genuine health service. Of eighty bakla interviewed, only one reported consistent condom use for anal sex. And then the bishop went on the media saying there were twenty-some thousand signatories, and so Congressman Acosta should heed this, as this is the voice of the people. But to be able to heal, to go back to the community and freely express ourselves and fight for our rights, we feel blessed. I get tested for HIV once a year. I think the school officials are in a state of denial. Members of a community who identify themselves as men who have sex with men hide in the shadows in Cebu City, Philippines.