Bitbit ko ang Alvin, Anika and Lyn. He got home very late from the bar the night before. Eh ang usapan namin, wapakels kung magpuyat siya diyan sa bar niya basta he has to make sure alive, alert, awake, enthusiastic siya pagmay need puntahan the next day. We were running late.
This rate dwarfed the prevalence rate in South Africa, which has the largest population of HIV positive individuals in the world, with a mere 4.
Prevalence rate refers to the percentage of individual affected by the disease at specific time. With that in mind, we can say that right now, in a population of Million Filipinos, there are 5.
This rapidly growing epidemic if left uncontrolled will eventually make The Philippines at par with South Africa with 1 out 10 individuals affected with HIV. So what went wrong?
As a nurse with 15 years experience handling HIV cases and working actively with HIV positive individuals, here are my personal conclusions, do take note that this conclusions are not even close with the official conclusion of the Department of Health on why HIV became a rapidly growing epidemic in The Philippines.
I personally think that their conclusion is too traditional and not in touch with the modern activities of our youth. DOH says that the resistance of the Church to some forms of birth control is a contributing factor on the HIV epidemic right now.
I say that HIV is most commonly seen in the young population. A population that makes their own decision and is rebellious to the church teachings.
Though the Church could have cause some sort of contribution, I do believe that the lack of sex education in our school particularly to our youth is a more blameable culprit than the Church. DOH says prostitution or sex for money is a contributing factor of the epidemic and should be eradicated.
I say that, prostitution cannot be eradicated. Since the dawn of human civilization, there is prostitution and it is something that is very hard to control much less eradicated from our society. What DOH can do is to provide an ID system and free monthly checkup to our sex workers to protect them as well as the people that they serve.
This will also further educate our sex workers on proper ways of protecting themselves from different sexually transmitted infection as well as unwanted pregnancy. I say that, I have clients with HIV at age 13, 14, 15… and that is because of failure in health promotion. The accessibility of casual sex thru apps like Grindr and other dating apps makes it very easy for 2 complete strangers to have sex consensually and thus, spreading the virus like wildfire to our young and techie population.
These individuals would never dare to ask their parents permission to go with them and get tested, our culture against premarital sex and our bigotry against the LGBT makes it impossible to do so.
At that rate, we can assume that there are 30 to 50 reported HIV cases daily. This does not include unreported cases. Unreported cases are HIV positive individuals who do not know they are infected. This means that if not controlled, we could see a tenfold growth of HIV cases cases per day within the next 10 years.
HIV is a very controllable disease as long as it is detected early and has not yet done major damage to your organs most specially the Liver, Kidneys and the Brain.
There are many ways of getting tested for HIV in the Philippines.
We will discuss each of them, one by one including their advantages and disadvantages. Hospitals Testing by going to hospitals is one of the most common means of getting tested.
There are 5 hospitals in our country that specializes with HIV counseling and testing as well as referrals in case you tested positive and needing further treatment.Heard this song from the teleserye Rubi. Liked it the instant I heard it. Just hearing a few lines, I already know this is from Juris.
She’s just got that cool voice that’s so easy and soothing to the ears. UPDATE: Here’s the official video for Di Lang Ikaw.
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