Body Image

Makara’s friend Sokun invited him to go to the swimming pool for the day with a group of his friends. Sokun thought Makara was fun to be with and he was cute. Sokun really hoped he’d say yes but Makara refused to go. He liked Sokun, too, but he was self-conscious about taking off his t-shirt to get in the pool. He worried that the other guys and others at the pool would see what he saw when he looked in the mirror — a skinny, ugly man. Makara hadn’t gone to the pool in more than a year because he was so self-conscious about his appearance.

I Thought It Could Never Happen To Boys

These are the words of a young man who was abused and raped by a group of others. He shared his story when he took part in a research study published in 2008 called “I thought it could never happen to boys “. The first study in Cambodia to focus on the sexual abuse and exploitation of boys and men revealed what many of us have known for some time – this is not a problem limited to girls and women.

A team of researchers interviewed 40 men and boys – many victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse and also those raped and abused as adults. In addition a further 150 people took part in the study – lawyers, social workers, counsellors, health professionals and carers.

The MStyle Guide To Understanding Your Sexuality

1. Accepting your sexuality – coming out to yourself
There are several stages in the process of telling people you are gay. Take your time and do things only when you are ready. The very first step in the process is to accept your own sexuality to yourself. Accepting that you are gay or bisexual may take many years. Many people hope these feelings are “just a phase.” You first have to try to accept the fact that you are sexually attracted to people of your own sex.

A Guide to Some of the Most Common STIs

A guide to some of the most common STIs


Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs. Most people who have Chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms and won’t know they have the infection. Otherwise, symptoms may include pain when you urinate or unusual discharge.

Diagnosing Chlamydia is easily done with a urine test or a swab of the affected area. Chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics, but can lead to serious long-term health problems if it’s left untreated.


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