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30 Filipinos get HIV every day —DOH Featured

30 Filipinos get HIV every day —DOH

An average of 30 Filipinos are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) every day, mostly due to a lack of information about the virus that over time causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS.
According to a report on Balitanghali on Monday, the alarming rate has lead to 45,000 persons to be infected with HIV as of October.
HIV awareness campaign Pedal for HIV said myths about HIV, made prevalent by a lack of available information, is partly to blame for the ongoing stigma against persons living with HIV.
The same stigma has also lead many persons living with HIV to forego testing until their condition develops to AIDS.
"Dun sa mga tao naman nagdidiscriminate sa mga taong tulad namin, living with the virus at natatakot magpa-test, 'wag niyo na po sanang hintayin na maging apektado kayo directly ng virus," Pedal for HIV founder Faustine Angeles advised.
"Let's be responsible to get tested regularly," he added.
Pedal for HIV conducted a fun run, Zumba classes, and free HIV tests on Sunday as part of its advocacy of erasing stigma from HIV and AIDS.
"Hindi na dapat tayo magsi-walang kibo sa HIV. Kailangan ng all of government, all of society approach," Health Asec. Eric Tayag said.
DOH Public Health Surveillance chief Dr. Genesis Samonte earlier this year said that the Philippines had the fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia despite having low numbers overall.
Young adults and teens aged 15 to 24 are the most vulnerable age group due to a lack of access to sex education and services.
"Sundown" clinics are promoted as options for youths in need of HIV tests, check-ups, counseling, HIV counseling, prophylactics, and recommendations to access treatment at hospitals and other health facilities.
Minors can obtain permission for HIV testing from their parents, Department of Social Welfare and Development social workers, teachers, and of-age peers. — GMA News

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