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Advocacy

What will you do if your family member or loved one who is living with HIV is down with flu? For those who are not immune-compromised, going down with flu is nothing to be worry about since over-the-counter flu medications, proper meals and rest will do the trick. Needless to say, you will see your loved one running and about in no time. But for people living with HIV (PLHIV), flu, fever, runny nose and cough are not to be taken lightly.

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Tree planting gives many benefits. It is a symbolism of new life to some, while it is therapeutic and relaxing to some. Planting a tree can give so many different meanings to different people, but regardless of the meaning that it holds, planting a tree or even a shrub is good for one’s health. Needless to say, it is also good for the environment.

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Maritime Schools Gearing Up to Intensify HIV and AIDS Education
Maritime Schools Gearing Up to Intensify HIV and AIDS Education
Maritime Schools Gearing Up to Intensify HIV and AIDS Education

In response to the alarming increase of newly HIV diagnosed each day, 30 maritime schools across the country held a national consultation meeting to further intensity the education campaign on HIV and AIDS.

The consultation meeting that was held last March 29, 2017 at the social hall of the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) in Manila and was widely attended by 30 Maritime Higher Education Institutions (MHEIs) and staff of the Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI). The consultation meeting identified the effective ways on how to educate the future seafarers about HIV and AIDS. Thus, the participants agreed to incorporate the following in the curriculum.

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According to the Disease Surveillance of the Department of Health (DoH), 750 newly diagnosed HIV cases were reported for December 2016 alone. Out of the 750 new cases, 53 were accounted as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), which comprised 7% of the total newly diagnosed, 50 OFWs were male with an average age of 32 years.

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In celebration of World AIDS Day 2015 last December 1, employees of MAC Cosmetic Philippines underwent an HIV education at MAC’s office at Buendia, Makati. “The basic HIV training was given to further enhance and update the knowledge of MAC employees on the HIV and AIDS situation in the Philippines,” says Celestino Ramirez, Vice President and Training Director of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI).

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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).

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Reports from the HIV and AIDS Registry of the Department of Health (DoH) shows that a total of 2,101 HIV cases from October 2012 to June 2015 were people who engage in transactional sex or people in prostitution. They belong to the sector of the most-at-risk along with the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and males having sex with males (MSM). “The rising number of HIV incidence in the Philippines calls for a more intensified HIV awareness education among the most-at-risk and this includes people who engage in transactional sex,” tells Rodel Navarra, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI).
 

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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.
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My name is Genesis and I’m 26 years old when I got diagnosed HIV positive; yes, HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus. And this is my personal testimony about how beautiful life is, specially if you are surrounded with great and positive people.When I heard the news about my status during a closed door counseling, I don’t know how to accept it, I don’t know what to say and what to feel. In other words, I was speechless. Good thing there was counselor who encouraged me to cheer up, to calm down, and to regain my composure. He said it was like a simple mathematical equation, where we have been given an X and Y and we have to accept the given X and Y and find out what it was all about. It was a choice, really. On what path you want to take.
 
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The record of new HIV incidence made news last July 2014 when the number reached 585, the highest incidence since 1984. But those who are working in the health sectors and non-government organizations knew that the number will not get any better. “The record of new HIV incidence will not get lower, but it’ll just worsen,” says Mr. Rodel Navarra, Chief Operating Officer of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI). And true enough, the number of new cases last June 2015, one year after, reached an extremely alarming level at 772 new HIV cases. That’s a big jump from the 17 new HIV incidence per day in 2014 to 22 new HIV incidence in 2015.

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