An increase of HIV infections in the Philippines, to be known without cure but can be treated.
HIV/AIDS or known as Human Immunodeficiency virus which causes the breakdown of persons immune system. Nowadays, this illness is spreading so fast because people weren’t able to notice they already acquired it.
A rapid increase of HIV cases in Asia according to Health report. In the Philippines, HIV cases climbed up to 277 percent in the last five years.
Teresita Marie Bagasao, head of the Manila office of the United Nations Program on HIV-AIDS (UNAids), said that “the Philippines is unlikely to meet its sixth Millennium Development Goal by 2015—halting and reversing the spread of AIDS.”
It makes the person capable of being infected of other illness like tuberculosis, opportunistic infections and even tumor which are not usually affecting persons with high immune system.
Study shows that there is still no cure or vaccine for this, however, there is treatment that can slow the course of such disease and may pro long the life of the infected person. Without treatment, the average survival time after infection with HIV is estimated to be 9 to 11 years, depending on the HIV sub type.
There are programs implemented such as OIC International’s Health, Nutrition & HIV/AIDS programs which provides health education and palliative care to ensure that individuals and communities to be aware and have a healthy lives.
Some infected person refuse to have medications. They may think of its side effect and that it may led them to depend on drugs which they have to take for the rest of their lives.
Another way to prevent HIV after being exposed to it is the so-called PEP or Post Exposure Prophylasis which you will take anti-HIV medicines as soon as possible after you may have been exposed to HIV to try to reduce your chance of becoming HIV positive.
The rapid increase of HIV/AIDS is because of a sexual assault, or having unprotected sex with someone who has HIV, or sharing needles with someone who has HIV.
In order to maintain a strong immune system, a person should have a safe sex, a healthy balance diet, enough rest and exercise, and most importantly a regular medical check up.
Increase of HIV Infections: Since 1984, some 3,700 Filipinos have died of AIDS-related causes, according to the Department of Health.