YOUNG PEOPLE: RAISE YOUR VOICE!!!
In May 2015, the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) registered a record high 748 new cases of HIV/AIDS, bringing the total number this year to 3,157.
This is 51 percent higher compared to the same period last year (495 cases) and was the highest number of cases reported since 1984,” the DOH said in its Philippine HIV/AIDS Registry. There were 29 deaths in May, of the 748 cases, 41 were full-blown AIDS at the time of reporting. A total of 717 patients were male.
According to the DOH, 409 of the cases belonged to the 25-34 age group while 207 came from 15-24 age bracket; 121 from 35-49 age bracket and 11 were above 50 years.
The DOH noted that 728 of the patients got infected through sexual contact, 86 percent of whom were males who had sex with males (MSM). The other 20 were drug users who shared contaminated needles.
Together, this World AIDS Day let us:
- Sensitize adolescents and youths about STI’s, HIV and ways of reducing risky behaviors that contributes to the growing rate of incidence and prevalence.
- Advocate and influence policy makers to increase their support on prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS among the youths.
- Build the capacity of the youth by educating them on life building skills so as to influence them into making informed and correct decisions in life which can lead to a more sustainable society.
- Prevent general health risk and safety as youths.
Remember, an HIV/AIDS free generaton begins with you and me!
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