What: NATIONAL HIV TESTING WEEK On May 11, 2015 When: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM Where: Quezon City Memorial Circle Circumferential Road, Quezon City Highlight: Local celebrities will participate in the HIV testing activity.
Image and info credit: Ms. Maria Isabel Lopez’s Facebook account
This is very alarming. At least a new HIV case is reported every two hours. The figure is highest as of July 2013.
In a rapid assessment study and analysis results designed for local chief executives released recently by the Philippine National Aids Council (PNAC), the Department of Health (DOH) latest monitoring of the disease showed 1 Filipino is infected by AIDS every 2 hours or 8 new cases every ten days with more men having sex with men. Most of the victims engaged in men to men sex are 15 to 34 years old.
“Access to condoms is a quick and knee jerk, temporary solution. But what we need now is a permanent, lasting and strategic solution,” according to a statement issued by the TUCP (Trade Union Congress of the Philippines).
If this behavior continues, the number of cases this year may surpass the total figure of 3,338 cases reported last year, the highest since 1984.