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HIV/AIDS VICTIMS IN THE PHILIPPINES GETTING YOUNGER

This news is so alarming because victims of the Human Immuno deficiency Virus (HIV) which eventually leads to the development of the dreaded Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are getting younger in the Philippines.

The country celebrated World Aids Day on the first day of December without much fanfare. It just came and went with worrisome news for the country. Record from the Dept. Of Health (DOH) shows there are as many as 31 new cases have been reported daily this year and we are fast approaching 2018.

The Health dept. started recording and monitoring AIDS cases since 1984. Forty six thousand nine hundred eighty five (46,985) cases have been recorded, with more than 2,000 deaths.

According to the latest data, a total of 2,276 Filipino youths between 15 and 24 years old were found positive for HIV from January to August 2017. From July to August alone, 610 youths in this age range tested positive for HIV.

Another disheartening news is the fact that among the Asian countries proving most vulnerable to the spread of HIV/AIDS is the Philippines, which counts among the top countries still reporting a growing number of HIV-positive cases.

If one can consider this as a good news, this is a welcome information because with the development of advanced drugs to slow, if not halt completely, the damage done by the human immunodeficiency virus in the bodies of those infected, fewer and fewer people are dying as a consequence.

Life expectancy for those tested positive has reportedly increased considerably. One is no longer meted the “death sentence” once tested positive for HIV diagnosis. A victim can still live many years of productive life.

Still there is a bad news: the number of people tested positive for HIV is growing and many of them are young people who are only about to reach the most productive stage of their lives or existence.

The vast majority of the new cases are male — a staggering 95 percent — and certain details are heartbreaking: 18 pregnant women were recently diagnosed positive for the disease.

GOVT. STEPS IN TO HELP END HIV/ AIDS STIGMA

Early this month, Malacanang called on the public to help end the stigma on HIV and AIDS, and support instead the government’s effort on the prevention of the deadly disease.

The House of Representatives also recently passed House Bill 6617 or the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act on third and final reading. The proposed law will serve to strengthen the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Act that covers preventive health services.

The country is finally taking significant steps to avert the spread of the disease, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

He said the measure provides for policies and programs to prevent the spread of HIV and deliver treatment, care, and support services to Filipinos living with HIV in accordance with evidence-based strategies and approaches that follow the principles of human rights, gender equality, and meaningful participation of communities affected by the epidemic.

Roque further said the bill’s passage was very timely as the HIV/AIDS cases in the country continued to rise, posting the highest growth rate in the Asia-Pacific. “The Philippines has the fastest-growing HIV infection rate in Asia, along with Afghanistan,” Steven Kraus, UNAIDS director for Asia and the Pacific, said. He stressed that the country “runs the risk of letting the infection get out of control.”

It is a sad fact that only 17 percent of Filipinos aged 15-24 understand the nature of HIV/AIDS and how it is contracted and spread. Ignorance is the real enemy, and the DOH needs all the help it can get from all sectors of society to vanquish this enemy.

The government has tried its best to counter the spread of the disease like the plan to distribute condoms in schools and the proposal to allow AIDS testing for minors as young as 15, even without the parents’ consent. All these were met with opposition from various sectors, particularly from the Catholic Church.

Myths persist about how HIV is transmitted. It’s important to get the facts about how HIV is passed from one person to another.

According to www.hiv.gov, one can get or transmit HIV only through specific activities. Most commonly, people get or transmit HIV through sexual behaviors and needle or syringe use.

Only certain body fluids—blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk—from a person who has HIV can transmit HIV. These fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into the bloodstream (from a needle or syringe) for transmission to occur. Mucous membranes are found inside the rectum, vagina, penis, and mouth.

AIDS usually manifest from 2 to 15 years.

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