This year marks the celebration of the 15th year of continuous project sponsorship of the Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, Pasasalamat Fund and AusAID. Their continuous support in the maintenance and operation of the Abot Kamay Drop–in Centre (AKDC) allows Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) to provide appropriate psychosocial support services, counseling and home–based care services to people living with HIV (PLHIVs).
“It was not too long ago when an absurd post about a supposedly HIV infected blood contaminated a pineapple and in turn passed the HIV to the person who ate the fruit,” says Joshua T. Formentera, President of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI).
More than three decades since the discovery of HIV, the populace is still riddled with hordes of misconceptions about HIV and AIDS. Social media is still populated with posts that kindled ignorance that further stigmatize and discriminate people living with HIV (PLHIV). And according to Formentera, the high number of shares and likes only shows that awareness and education drive on HIV and AIDS should be done in the most creative way to reach a large number of Filipinos.
Did you know that the 83% increase in the HIV incidence in the Philippines happened in the span of the last five years? According to the HIV and AIDS Registry of the Department of Health (DoH), the alarming increase was from January 2010 until 2015 and contributory to the increase is the sector of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) that even registered 8% in the total number of newly diagnosed last June 2015.