By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
Those who continue pushing for condom use as the best way to combat the rise of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the Philippines were criticized by an official from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Thursday.
In a radio interview, CBCP-Commission on Healthcare Executive Secretary Fr. Dan Cancino noted that the continued increase in the number of HIV cases only proves that promoting condom use to solve the HIV problem is ineffective.
“As we can see, the number of HIV cases is still rising. You distribute condoms and yet the numbers are still on the rise,” Cancino said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
“Maybe we should reconsider this matter as being the solution to the HIV menace. It appears that the goal of the intervention is far from the results,” he pointed out.
The priest then urged the public to consider what they have been saying all along.
The better ways to combat the problem on HIV would be the provision of proper education, awareness based on gospel values, strengthening family ties, and having respect for life, he noted.
“These are the real keys in solving this HIV pandemic,” said Cancino.
Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) disclosed that there were a total of 11,103 new HIV cases reported in 2017, while an increasing trend was seen within the last five years.
The 2017 cases is higher than 9,264 new HIV cases reported in 2016; 7,831 in 2015; 6,011 in 2014; 4,814 in 2013; and 3,338 in 2012.
The DOH has an existing campaign against HIV, which is the ABC, (Abstinence, Being faithful, and Condom use).