Raise awareness of HIV/AIDS to teenagers— make it a priority!
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Nowadays, most adults think that it's unnecessary for the teenagers to know about HIV— the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, if not treated, at such a young age, where in fact, it's already happening. Teenagers are already engaging in sexual activities without a single clue that they might be diagnosed with such a dangerous disease after a short time of pleasure— their lives may be cut short and plainly wasted. It's better to prevent because it can't be cured, yet. Doctors and scientists have been researching for years to find a way to completely stop this sickness from spreading. Findings from the study revealed that awareness of the existence of a disease known as HIV/AIDS is universal among the youth.
The worsening severity of the Philippines' HIV epidemic is unquestionable. In 2016, the obvious and rapid increase in HIV cases among the youth is indicative that the level of knowledge of HIV/AIDS among the youth still needs urgent attention, with it, this project aims to disseminate knowledge and raise awareness of the different aspects involved in this incurable disease, to at least, create a stoppage with its alarming effect to every vulnerable and invulnerable Filipinos.
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It attacks the body's immune system. Untreated, HIV reducest the number of CD4 cells (T cells) in the body, making the person more likely to get other infections. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and diseases. The HIV crisis in the Philippines requires urgent attention due to increasing rates of HIV infection, in contrast to a worldwide trend of decreasing rates. Moreover, of the 26 Filipinos daily who contract HIV, 8 of them are aged 15-24 years old. The age group contributing to the biggest proportion of cases has also become younger, with the 25-34 years age group accounting for more than half of detected cases, with the 15-24 years age group trailing behind at 28%. 2017 report indicates the rate of HIV infection in the Philippines has become the highest in the Asia Pacific region. That data demonstrates that in 2016, 83% of new infections in the Philippines occurred among men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men. The sharp rise in new HIV infections in the Philippines since 2010 stands in sharp contrast to decreasing or stagnant rates of new infections in other parts of the Asia-Pacific region. Philippine Department of Health data indicates that the country’s HIV infection rate grew by 140% from 2010 to 2016, with two out of three new HIV infections among 15 to 24-year-old men who have sex with men. Globally, young people are considered most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS infection. This situation is a result of a general lack of correct knowledge about HIV/AIDS that can be addressed by reproductive and sexual health education.
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