21st Jul, ’13: GB Special Sunday Meet on Sexual Health and Hygiene

GB Special Sunday Meet on Sexual Health and Hygiene

 

Date – 21st July 13

Time – 4pm Onwards, Please enusre you come in by 4pm sharp.

 

Venue: Zouk,

Hotel Imperial Palace,

Telli Galli,

Andheri (East);

Mumbai

 

Directions:

Hotel Imperial Palace is a 5 minute walk from Andheri station on the East side. Walk up the Andheri Kurla Road (towards the Highway) and turn right into Telli Galli. It’s the 3rd building on your right.

 

But if you’re driving and taking the Andheri flyover, from West to East, make a left turn at the signal at the end of the flyover. Or if you’re driving on the highway make a left turn at the Andheri flyover road and a right turn at the signal before the flyover. This is Telli Galli. Almost towards the end of this road, close to Andheri Kurla Road (perpendicular to Telli Galli), is Hotel Imperial Palace, on your left.

 

The Subject under Discussion:

One of the most common queries we get on this list, or directly to the organizers , is guys who have medical problems that they feel are too embarrassing or revealing to discuss with their regular doctor.

 

Among the most common of these issues are those relating to anal issues that may (though not always) be related to gay sex. Because guys don’t want to discuss this with their family doctors, or because it may need a specialists help but they don’t know how to find one, they often put off dealing with these problems and as a result the problems become worse (and usually really painful).

 

When we get these queries we usually direct them to Dr.Shaikh who is one of the top proctologists in the city and who has been treating the gay community for a long time so is entirely sensitized to dealing with us. One of the guys we helped recently posted on the GB list how well Dr.Shaikh treated him while also ensuring his privacy.

 

Many of the problems that Dr.Shaikh deals in are, in fact, very rapidly treatable – severe piles, for example, can be quickly treated with a minor surgical procedure that allows the patient to go home the same day. Many other problems are preventable by taking simple precautions, which we aren’t aware of because its too embarrassing to talk about anal issues.

 

This is why Dr.Shaikh does a talk that lucidly and with embarrassment explains these issues (and he’s spoken about them to a variety of organizations, not just gay ones). He has done this for GB once, many many years back and this Sunday we have him coming back to talk to GB on sexual health and hygiene. He will answer questions and give details of both precautions that can be taken and treatments that can be done, if needed.

 

We can’t stress enough how important it is for people in the gay community to be aware of these issues. It is far better taking precautions than suffering the problem, and if you do have a problem, then rapid treatment is far better than letting it develop into something far worse.

 

So please don’t be put off by the slightly embarrassing nature of this talk and try to attend. (And please don’t assume that if you miss this one you can catch the next – getting Dr.Shaikh to give us this time on a Sunday is really tough, and it may be years again before we do this). Please also tell all your friends about this and urge them to attend.

 

More details including directions will be posted on this list and GB site, but make sure you mark off the time on Sunday now.