I receive this communication from my friend Luigi, who created Youth AIDS Filipinas Alliance or YAFA. I thought of sharing this bit of information with you.
Youth AIDS Filipinas Alliance is a network of Filipino Youth working on HIV and AIDS and adolescent sexual & reproductive health (ASRH) in the Philippines and worldwide.
The current HIV/AIDS status in the Philippines involving young people:
The HIV Surveillance Report of the Department of Heath revealed that 257 young Filipinos age 15-24 tested HIV-positive for the first half of 2010 (January to June). This is a quarter (26%) of the total HIV cases (N=981) reported this year.
For June 2010 alone, 40 youth tested HIV-positive out of 109 cases; almost 50% or half! The primary mode of transmission is sexual contact, with males having sex with males (MSM) was the predominant sexual mode of transmission
To date, a total 5,233 Filipinos tested HIV-positive in the Philippines, with 323 deaths reported from 1984 to June 2010.
Due to the increasing awareness and access to free HIV testing, more young people are encouraged to get tested. Help us to promote FREE HIV testing for young people, including most at risk children and youth.
For FREE TESTING, visit:
The Manila Social Hygiene Clinic
Manila Health Department
Address: 208 Quiricada Street,
Sta. Cruz, Manila
It’s the building across the main gate of San Lazaro Hospital. You can enter the clinic through the gate at the right side of the building. Proceed to 2nd floor and look for Dra. Diane Mendoza. Tell her or any volunteers that you are referred by YAFA.
For inquiries call (02) 711-6942
Testing is FREE, VOLUNTARY and CONFIDENTIAL!
All the best,
Your YAFA Family