The Positive Action Foundation Philippines Incorporated
DSWD-NCR-RL-000055-2011
SEC Registration: A199902514

PAFPI

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.

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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.

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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.

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Throughout the years, Positive Actions Foundation Philippines,Inc. (PAFPI) was at the forefront of HIV and AIDS advocacy. It is now wonder why the organization produced numerous publications of varying interests and angles related to HIV and AIDS advocacy in the country. The list of publications are follows:

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Mr. Joshua T. Formentera
President

Mr. Celestino Ramirez
Vice President

Dr. Rita D. Bantigue
Chairman of the Board

Atty. Carlo Alcala
Corporate Secretary

Mr. Jim Tan
Treasurer

Ms. Ruth Samante
Board of Trustee

Mr. Roberto Ruiz
Board of Trustee

Dr. Nymia Simbulan
Board of Trustee

Dr. Rossana Ditangco
Board of Trustee

Our Mission
To contribute to the national responses in advocacy, prevention, care, treatment and support for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIVs), their affected family members and significant others.
 
Our Vision
Empowered persons living with HIV and AIDS and their affected families living a normal, happy and productive life in the mainstream of supported society.
 
Our Goal
A sustainable organization in partnership with local and international stakeholders, involving PLHIVs, affected families and significant others; to facilitate, advocate, and promote a comprehensive, quality and compassionate care, support and treatment to infected and affected with HIV and AIDS.
 

The MAC AIDS FUND is a venture also known as GLAM FOR LIFE which intended to deal with the nutritional and medical needs of people living with HIV and AIDS or PLHIVs. For many years, I am part of the advocacy. I’ve acquainted with a lot of people with different stories and I was able to help them to cope up with the problems brought about by this malady. And being part of this project I could be able to touch the lives of others.

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