HIV/AIDS on the rise
The Philippines recorded the highest number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in June.
According to the Department of Health, there were 841 new cases of HIV in June 2016, breaking the 804 cases recorded in January of the same year.
A total of 777 of the cases or more than 90 percent were transmitted through sexual contact, majority of them among men who have sex with men. 60 new cases are related to injecting drug users while the remaining 4 cases were of mother-to-child transmission.
HIV is a virus that destroys the human body’s natural defense against diseases or infection, causing the immune system to weaken and not function properly. No human being, by age or by sex, is immune to HIV infection. Healthy people can acquire the virus and if not treated properly, it could lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which is the final stage of HIV.
The Commission on Population (POPCOM), as staunch advocates of quality health and wellbeing, supports the call to end the stigma on HIV/AIDS and promotes awareness in order to curb the rapid increase of cases every year.
Thus far, POPCOM has been conducting educational discussions on HIV/AIDS integrated in its program components: Adolescent Health Development (AHD) and Gender and Development (GAD).
You-for-you (U4U), an innovative mix of face-to-face and online activities, educates young people on the risks of unprotected sex including the ABCDs of HIV prevention and control:
- Abstain from sex
- Be faithful to your partner
- Consult an adult
- Don’t use drugs nor drink too much alcohol
- Education and early detection and treatment