The number of people in the Philippines infected of HIV is rising fast. It speedily rise just like the turning of wheel in a city bustling of loud noises yet unaware of the threat of the infection. With this, Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) thought of a strategy that could reach and educate the people who ride into the public vehicles.
Most people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the Philippines became hopeless. They give up when the physician said, “You only have 24 hours or a month to live,” but with their will, they can survive. This is what we do when we visit them in the treatment hubs or in their houses to assist their family in providing them support and tender loving. We offer words of encouragement that there’s life after HIV.
MAC Cosmetics through its MAC AIDS Fund celebrated World AIDS Day last December 2, 2013 at the posh shopping and lifestyle mall, Glorietta 3, Makati. But what makes the event more glamorous and exciting was the awarding of another fund for year 2014. Yes, it was a happy event indeed especially that Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) received PHP2,494,000 for its activities this coming year.
It was early Friday morning and just like other Fridays, I was on my way to Bahay Kanlungan Drop-In Center to join the nutrition and feeding activity of the Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI).
Last November 19 and 20 delegates from different youth groups attended the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and The Pacific (ICAAP) Virtual Participation. The two-day event was held at the office of Family Planning Organization of the Philippines located in New Manila, Quezon City.
Your Peso Could Save Lives. This is the idea behind the donation cans, which is a great option if you’re looking for the newest way of sustaining projects or activities. Although PAFPI has a line of projects and involvements funded by different agencies and partners, we seek other ways on how to keep our services running.
HIV Antibody Testing (HAT) is the only way to know your health status, but many fear stigma and discrimination. Perhaps it was the reason why many fear to get tested because their families might not understand them and that they will be judged. In fact, these fears are the usual reasons why one would not want to undergo an HIV test. But there are instances wherein their family would be the one to encourage them to take it.
To accept our status is important for us to face our everyday challenges. This will make us face life’s adversaries head on. But did you know that it took me a while to have this kind of thinking? Yes, the person, whose story you are reading now, is totally different many years back. Needless to say, I faced my own demons and I am proud that I’ve been able to conquer it no matter how hard the process was. And yes, naproseso na ako as I may call it because it took my peer educator and volunteer lots and lots of patience to help and guide me attain the positive mindset that I have now.
When I was young I remembered watching the news and the hottest topic that time was Sarah Jane Salazar. Who would not know her? Sarah Jane was perhaps the first celebrated and media hyped HIV case in the Philippines because she bravely went out to public. It was like she first started to give HIV a face that the disease was real. It was during that time when I also remembered telling myself that it would it be impossible that I’ll have a relative that would have HIV. I was confident that none of what I was seeing on TV will happen to my family or people that I know.
Time is gold for people who are busy as bees, but are they aware of the increasing number of people who are infected of HIV? As of October 2013, the Department of Health HIV and AIDS Registry recorded a number of 491 new HIV cases. Yes, it was the highest recorded new HIV incidence since 2011.