World AIDS Day observed Dec. 1; HIV victims urged to seek treatment

Published November 30, 2019, 8:18 PM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Analou De Vera

As World AIDS Day is observed Sunday, Dec. 1, the Department of Health (DOH) called on people diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to seek or continue their treatment.

Department of Health (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Health (MANILA BULLETIN) 

“Today, we already have ways to control HIV/ AIDS. I’m not saying there is a cure…but there is now a way to control it. We have quality and safe treatment,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in Filipino.

The DOH revealed that the number of diagnosed HIV cases has been increasing from one case per day in 2008 to 35 per day as of July, 2019.

“I want to convey that HIV/AIDS is no longer the same, like in earlier years in which being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS was likened to a death sentence,” said Duque.

“The government and its partners are now working double time in preventing, diagnosing, and treating HIV infections in public and private health facilities nationwide,” he added.

Duque said the DOH is strengthening information dissemination about HIV in order to eliminate the stigma associated with it.

“It is the bounded duty of the Department of Health to provide adequate information education and communications campaign materials because a lot of this is really on account of poor understanding or comprehension of their problems brought about by HIV/ AIDS,” said Duque.

 

 
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World AIDS Day observed Dec. 1; HIV victims urged to seek treatment

Published November 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Analou De Vera

As World AIDS Day is observed Sunday, Dec. 1, the Department of Health (DOH) called on people diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to seek or continue their treatment.

Department of Health (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Health (MANILA BULLETIN) 

“Today, we already have ways to control HIV/ AIDS. I’m not saying there is a cure…but there is now a way to control it. We have quality and safe treatment,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in Filipino.

The DOH revealed that the number of diagnosed HIV cases has been increasing from one case per day in 2008 to 35 per day as of July, 2019.

“I want to convey that HIV/AIDS is no longer the same, like in earlier years in which being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS was likened to a death sentence,” said Duque.

“The government and its partners are now working double time in preventing, diagnosing, and treating HIV infections in public and private health facilities nationwide,” he added.

Duque said the DOH is strengthening information dissemination about HIV in order to eliminate the stigma associated with it.

“It is the bounded duty of the Department of Health to provide adequate information education and communications campaign materials because a lot of this is really on account of poor understanding or comprehension of their problems brought about by HIV/ AIDS,” said Duque.

 

 
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