According to the Department of Health, HIV transmission has more than doubled between 2011 and 2020 in the Philippines. This alarming rate has caused some action on it by means of information drives and additional legislative support on the country.
Initially, it was the females in the sex worker industry who had the illness, but the later statistics shifted towards a concentration of males having sex with other males or transgender sexual intercourse. Advocated widely is the use of condoms for sexual protection against this disease and avoidance of unsafe forms of sex altogether.
Increased Attention, Hitting Younger Generations
Despite the efforts and growing awareness, the incidence of HIV transmission remains quite high in the country. The current demographic of HIV positive patients in recent years are in the 25-34 age range, which indicates strongly that younger generations are at risk of the disease.
The younger age demographic somehow brings some silver lining to the HIV cloud: there’s a higher likelihood that the younger generations will be more receptive towards HIV medication and treatment compared to older patients who are likely to experience more complications.
With technological advancements in medicine, this disease is no longer seen as a death sentence like in previous decades. Organizations such as Sustained Health Initiatives of the Philippines (SHIP) provide support for HIV patients who are undergoing treatment. SHIP goes to communities that are most in need of the services of HIV treatment and do not have the means to afford it.