Last May 26, 2016, Dissemination Forum on “Evaluation of the HIV/AIDS Education and Counseling Services among OFWs” was held at Bay View Park Hotel, Ermita, Manila. This was funded by Union Aid Abroad- APHEDA, Pasasalamat Fund and AUSAid.
Did you know that in 2008, the newly diagnosed HIV was set at 1 per day. Two years after, in 2010, it was set at 4 new cases daily, 9 daily new cases in 2012, and 17 new daily cases in 2014. But in 2015, the newly diagnosed was set at 22 cases per day!
“The numbers are growing and seeing the trend, the HIV and AIDS registry in the Philippines will not likely to go down,” tells Rodel Navarra, Chief Operating Officer of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI).
The night of revelry last December 18, 2015 is not your usual Christmas party. Although there’s an abundance of sumptuous feast prepared by the volunteers, and the juiciest lechon, the night was made more special through a showcase of pageantry and volunteerism. Yes, the night sparkled as distinguished guests, sponsors, people living with HIV (PLHIV), affected families, significant others, Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) Board of Trustees, officers, and staff come together to celebrate the 18 years of unwavering commitment to the HIV and AIDS advocacy.
A fun run is one of the popular fitness events that draw large attention from fitness buffs or hobbyists alike. And although it is still a race, where winners are called, and winning loot bags, raffle prizes, and cash prizes are craved after, most runners join fun runs because of the socialization part. Needless to say, running along with your peers, meeting new runners and socializing after the run goes beyond the competition.
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).
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.