‘Not following the safe way,’ blamed over increase in HIV-AIDS case

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Monday, 12 January 2015 - Last Updated on February 1, 2015

rp_hivontherise_zpsd6f71f8d.jpgPresidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda has put the blame on those who do not “follow the safe way of doing it” over the increasing number of cases of human immunodeficiency virus.

“We have always stated there are measures undertaken to ensure the prevention of HIV. Unfortunately, those who engage in certain activities, some of them don’t seem to follow the safe way of doing it,” Lacierda said in a Sunstar report.

The Department of Health’s National Epidemiology Center, according to a report, recorded 492 new cases of HIV, including 40 cases of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome as of November 2014.

The said statistics is 28 percent higher than the recorded last year in the same period.

Male having sex with other male, the report added, constituted about 85 percent of the cases of infection.

In a 2012 World AIDS Report, the Philippines is named as one of the nine countries with rapid increase of reported HIV cases, according a to Bulatlat.com report.

Lacierda said among the government did not fall short of launching campaigns to prevent the spread of the HIV virus. Among the campaigns, he added, is the distribution of condoms.

Sex, however, is not the only means of transmitting the virus.

In an earlier report published by online news Bulatlat.com, HIV may be transmitted from one person to another through: blood (including menstrual blood), semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk.

Other means of HIV transmission, according to the same report, includes unprotected and penetrative sexual contact, direct blood contact such as transfusion, and between a mother and a child, before or after child birth or through breast milk.

HIV may be treated but is not curable.

People living with HIV (PLHIV), however, would argue that apart from dealing with their illness, they are despised and stigmatized for being promiscuous and irresponsible.

“PLHIV are highly stigmatized because it is known to be acquired through sex. PLHIV are being accused as promiscuous or not being faithful to their partners. But there are PLHIV who are loyal to their partners and yet they are infected with HIV,” Karl Agbulos, a member of Take the Test Project, an on-site HIV counseling, said in report.

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