There’s already a very alarming rate of HIV-infected Filipinos in the Philippines. Now, ACTS-OFW Rep. AnicetoBertiz III recommended that returning OFWS must be tested for HIV, so as to provide proper treatment for them.
“We would urge OFWs who believe that they engaged in high-risk sexual behavior in the past to get themselves voluntarily tested for HIV,” says Bertiz.
Currently, there are about 451 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who have newly diagnosed with HIV just this January until June this year. The number was increased by 14.4 percent compared to last year’s same six month period.
“All told, OFWs with HIV now account for 10 percent of all cases in the National HIV and AIDS Registry,” says Bertiz.
The recorded cases of HIV positive from January 1984 to June 2018 reached up to 56,275 and 5,889 out of it were OFWs.
As advised by the Department of Health, it is important to get tested as soon as you get yourself engage in high-risk sexual behavior and receive an antiretroviral treatment (ART) so as to slow down the advancement of HIV, which could lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
AIDS is capable of destroying the body’s natural ability to fight back all those infections. Moreover, this condition remains without a cure.
“The DOH has 60 HIV treatment hubs across the country plus 33 primary care facilities that provide outpatient care services to returning OFWs and other citizens living with the virus,” says Bertiz.
As of this June, there are about 28,045 Filipinos that are living with HIV and receiving the treatment.