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.
Screening for HIV occurs with an initial HIV test followed by a confirmatory test. Traditionally, it takes two weeks for HIV results. These days, there are kits that produce rapid confirmations as fast as five minutes. And it only involves the drawing of a drop or a sample of blood. The test is not very invasive and almost painless.
The HIV screening test can be done with other sexually transmitted disease checks in a laboratory or hospital. Other more discreet forms of testing can occur through home services offered by laboratories such as Hi-Precision. However, these are more costly. The free alternative is the community, SHIP, or government-provided screening tests for indigents who cannot afford private services.