Spreading HIV/AIDS Awareness
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus(HIV) is a virus that, over time, causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome(AIDS). AIDS is a condition that continually weakens a human's immune system. As a result, the host becomes susceptible to diseases and may die even to relatively harmless diseases like the common cold.
HIV is transmitted by three main routes: sexual contact, significant exposure to infected body fluids or tissues, and from mother to child during pregnancy. The most frequent mode of transmission of HIV is through sexual contact with an infected person. The majority of all transmissions worldwide occur through heterosexual contacts (i.e. sexual contacts between people of the opposite sex); however, the pattern of transmission varies significantly among countries.
In the Philippines, HIV is an up-and-coming disease that has been steadily spreading since the 1990's. According to the website of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS(UNAIDS), less than 200 people in the Philippines were living with HIV. By the end of 2015, that number has skyrocketed to 42000 people. Also from the UNAIDS' website, 6400 people acquired HIV during the year 2015 and 7200 people during 2014.
According to the website of the Department of Health(DoH), among the 15-24 year olds, reported HIV infections nearly tripled between 2007 and 2008 from 41 cases to 110 per year, which is substantial cause for alarm. In 2009, 15-24 year olds make 29% of all new infections; in 2009, the number of new infections among 20-24 equals the number of new infections among 25-29; with 10 cases see July DoH AIDS Registry Report. The substantial increase from the past year can be traced from the adolescents’ early engagement in health risk behaviour, due to serious gaps of the knowledge on the dangers of drugs, as well as the cause as well as causes on the transmission of STD and HIV AIDS , dangers of indiscriminate tattooing and body- piercing and inadequate population education. Under this threat, young males are prone to engaging in health risk behaviour and more young fermales are also doing the same without protection and are prone to aggressive or coercive behaviours of others in the community such that it often results to significant number of unwanted pregrancies, septic abortion and poor self-care practices.
HIV is rapidly spreading through the risk-taking youth practicing unprotected sex. Just recently, the National Youth Commission (NYC) expressed concern over the rising number of young Filipinos testing positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which it described as a worsening “youth epidemic” in the country.
We are HIV Awareness, a small group of students trying our best to spread HIV/AIDS awareness.
HIV is a dangerous virus that should be kept under control. As more of our people become aware of the current HIV/AIDS situation in the country, suppressing AIDS becomes much more achievable. So please, do sign the petition and help us promote awareness for HIV/AIDS.
We thank you very much for your time and help.
You may contact us through our facebook page HIV Awareness (www.facebook.com/pg/hivAlert/)
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