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Get tested on nationwide HIV testing day

May 17, 2018 - 12:42 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Free and confidential HIV testing in 10 sites in Metro Manila, Luzon, and Mindanao on Saturday, May 26, from 11 am to 7 pm

Lack of condom use contributes to rising HIV infections in PH

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:17 PM

'Successive Philippine governments have failed miserably to propagate condom use and educate young Filipinos to avoid HIV transmission,' says Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch

Get tested for HIV, end stigma and discrimination, youth urged

Dec 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM

According to a report from DOH, only 33% of HIV positive Filipinos are enrolled in the government’s treatment programs due to stigma and prejudice.

NO STIGMA. Senator Risa Hontiveros undergoes HIV testing to raise public awareness and prevention of the disease. Photo by Abigail Abigan/Rappler

'We will win this': Advocates call to end HIV, AIDS stigma

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:09 AM

Advocates and those living with the virus brings to Twitter their stories in a bid to end discrimination in the country

How can we help end the negative impact of HIV?

Nov 30, 2017 - 9:11 AM

In the Philippines, the question is highlighted after media groups and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) struggled to handle a case involving a person living with HIV (PLHIV)

‘Stop HIV shaming’: When status is not the story

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Here are guidelines for government authorities and media groups in handling cases and stories involving persons living with HIV

Pia Wurtzbach speaks out against revealing drug suspect's HIV status

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Like many social media users, Miss Universe 2015 calls out the PDEA and a media outlet for revealing the HIV status of a drug suspect

Netizens call out media outlet for baring suspects' mugshots, HIV status

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Netizens argue that such actions reinforce the stigma attached to the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV

[Dash of SAS] Someone just told me he has HIV. What do I say? What do I do?

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:00 PM

If you find yourself still not knowing what to say offer benevolence and understanding through silence

WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach's first public HIV testing in PH

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:09 PM

Pia launches the PIA project which will focus on spreading information about HIV SOGIE and promoting self worth among the youth

Pia Wurtzbach is new UNAIDS Asia-Pacific goodwill ambassador

May 03, 2017 - 5:19 PM

I will use my voice my social media following for this advocacy People who are following me right now at least when they look at me they ll know that I am advocating for HIV AIDS the beauty queen says

SPREADING AWARENESS. UNAIDS Director for Asia and the Pacific Steve Kraus hands Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach the certificate of her assignment as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

AIDS 101 and painting a pregnant woman with HIV

Mar 25, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Visual artists from the Panday Pira group render images of Janina 21 who was diagnosed HIV positive during a prenatal check up in November 2016

ARTISTS AT WORK. Artists paint portraits of a pregnant woman with HIV. Photo by Diana Mendoza

Draft Senate bill to boost AIDS response

Mar 18, 2017 - 8:04 PM

But the proposed law needs strong language promoting condom use

Aiza Seguerra pushes for lower age of HIV testing without parental consent

Feb 14, 2017 - 4:39 PM

This is necessary says the National Youth Commission chairperson because of the 28 who get infected with HIV up to 26 are young people

FIGHTING HIV/AIDS. National Youth Commission Chairperson Aiza Seguerra speaks with President Rodrigo Duterte and his common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña at the Palace. Malacañang photo

WATCH: Healing the stigma of HIV

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:15 PM

In an environment where government policies restrict interventions reaching out through kindness and acceptance becomes a way to address HIV

EPIDEMIC. Cebu has seen one of the biggest explosions in infection rates, specifically among people who inject drugs (PWID) and share needles. Photo by Veejay Villafranca

Human Rights Watch: PH gov't 'fueling' HIV epidemic

Dec 08, 2016 - 12:04 PM

The HRW report cites government barriers – from the national to the local level – on HIV prevention It also says two local governments have hindered HIV prevention efforts due to conservative views

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

HIV now an 'epidemic' among PH youth - Nat'l Youth Commission

Dec 01, 2016 - 9:42 PM

In partnership with the health and education agencies the NYC leads the development of an HIV information drive that target the youth

HIV TESTING. Because of the high incidence of HIV among young people, NYC supports HIV testing among young people aged 15 to 17 without parental consent. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

WHO country rep: PH not doing enough to stop HIV epidemic

Dec 01, 2016 - 2:22 PM

WHO believes it would take mass mobilization to counter the spread of the virus in the Philippines

File photo of World Health Organization Philippine representative Dr Gundo Weiler from WHO

#HackHIV: PrEP launched in PH to curb epidemic

Nov 30, 2016 - 1:12 PM

PrEP is a daily pill that can be taken by people without HIV as an additional tool for prevention to lower the chances of contacting the virus

PREVENTION. (L-R) LoveYourself Senior Director Chris Lagman, volunteer Marvin Natural, LoveYourself Founder Vinn Pagtakhan, RITM AIDS Research Chief Dr Rossana Ditangco, and WHO Country Representative Dr Gundo Weiler answer questions from the audience during the PrEP Launch on Tuesday, November 29. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Hontiveros takes HIV test to fight stigma against virus

Nov 29, 2016 - 1:11 PM

The lawmaker is pushing for a new law that will create new strategies for the government to respond to the HIV AIDS epidemic

NO STIGMA. Senator Risa Hontiveros gets tested for HIV to raise awareness for World AIDS Day. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Senate PPRIB

INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should get an HIV test

Nov 24, 2016 - 2:48 PM

HIV can be treated if it is diagnosed early Get tested

Adolescence is a dangerous time for young gay men in the Philippines

Nov 24, 2016 - 2:03 PM

I was very confident that I would not have HIV because I thought there was no HIV here in Cebu City When I was handed the HIV positive result it was really difficult

INFOGRAPHIC: How is HIV transmitted?

Nov 24, 2016 - 1:58 PM

A just released UNAIDS report warns that new HIV infections are rising among gay men and other men who have sex with men as well as other key populations

'Hottest gay guy' in PH braves HIV test

Nov 16, 2016 - 4:38 PM

2016 Mister Gay World Philippines John Raspado invites people to undergo HIV testing so they will know their status and help spread awareness on the disease

Photo of Mr Gay World Philippines John Raspado courtesy of LoveYourself.

'Till I Met You' actor urges youth: Get tested for HIV/AIDS

Nov 04, 2016 - 12:11 PM

I want to reach out to the people of my generation to know your status get tested and stay healthy JC Santos says

GET TESTED. Actor JC Santos encourages the youth to get tested. Screen grab from Save the Children Philippines

MovePH's #StayNegatHIVe campaign wins bronze at Boomerang Awards

Oct 13, 2016 - 11:27 AM

As a result of the digital campaign the number of people who availed themselves of HIV testing services through LoveYourself increased by 60

HIV AWARENESS. Representatives of LoveYourself and Rappler pose with the trophy during the Boomerang Awards. Photo by Krista Garcia/ Rappler

[Dash of SAS] Making effective HIV and AIDS information materials

Aug 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Here are 5 simple questions that anyone can use to test and screen whether information material on HIV AIDS is accurate and appropriate

[Dash of SAS] Including minors in HIV response

Aug 01, 2016 - 1:25 PM

A recent DOH study on adolescent HIV estimates that there are 9 559 adolescents who have HIV but only 10 have been diagnosed Currently only 381 are enrolled on anti retroviral therapy

PH among countries with increasing HIV infections

Jul 22, 2016 - 6:01 PM

A study shows increase in new HIV infection rate from 2005 to 2015 in 74 countries

Decline in HIV funding worries health advocates

Jul 22, 2016 - 2:32 PM

A joint report by the UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that donor funding declined from 8 6 million in 2014 to 7 5 million in 2015

AIDS CONFERENCE. An HIV AIDS poster at the Slipway Clinic in Monrovia, Liberia 20 July 2016. South Africa is currently hosting the 2016 International Aids Conference between 18-22 July which is attended globally by over 18 000 delegates, policy makers, HIV Workers as well as many living with HIV.  Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

'Involve more young people in HIV work'

Jul 19, 2016 - 3:32 PM

During the opening of the 21st AIDS Conference world leaders scientists and activists emphasize the role of the young generation in ending AIDS

AIDS CONFERENCE. Several activists hold a people's march during the opening of the 21st AIDS conference in South Africa. Photo by Nikos Dacanay

Advocates call for highest political recognition of HIV/AIDS epidemic

Jul 18, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Advocates say political will and leadership at the national and local government levels are needed to create scale up and sustain comprehensive programs on HIV AIDS prevention in communities

Teresita Bagasao, UNAIDS country director, with Dr. Enrique Tayag of the Department of Health. Photo by Diana Mendoza.

How civil society is responding to PH’s HIV epidemic

Jul 16, 2016 - 12:06 PM

Advocates from LoveYourself and The Red Ribbon Project share how their organizations are helping the fight against HIV AIDS in the Philippines

SAFE HAVEN. LoveYourself's Chris Lagman says the organization creates a safe environment for males having sex with males. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

DOH scaling up community approach to end HIV epidemic

Jul 15, 2016 - 8:49 AM

To address the increasing prevalence of HIV AIDS in the country the health department is launching a two pronged response to halt and reverse the spread of the infection

'The HIV Generation': 25 people get infected daily in PH

Jul 14, 2016 - 6:47 PM

The problem could be worse as the statistics are based only on who get tested and not on the entire population

Dr Genesis Samonte of the Department of Health briefs members of the media on the HIV epidemic in the Philippines on Thursday, July 14. Photo courtesy of RITM.

DOH: HIV cases increase due to 'success' of free testing program

Jun 15, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Outgoing Health Secretary Janette Garin says there were fewer HIV cases in the past because only few people chose to get tested

HIV TESTING. Outgoing health secretary Janette Garin says the rise of HIV positive cases in the country can be attributed to the parallel increase of people who get tested.

Fighting the stigma against LGBTs and HIV through art

Jun 15, 2016 - 10:49 AM

The exhibit hosted by LoveYourself uses art as a positive campaign to fight the stigma on HIV AIDS and uplift the morale of the LGBTQI community It is open for public viewing until June 30 2016 at Pineapple Lab

How to use technology, stories to curb PH's HIV epidemic

Jun 09, 2016 - 4:46 PM

While international groups say the Philippine government is not doing enough to address the country s HIV epidemic different groups fill the gap through awareness programs and support for persons living with HIV

STUDENT INITIATIVE. A group of students use pop culture for their promotional materials. Photo courtesy of Uncove(RED)

'Free, anonymous, fast' HIV testing set on May 29

May 24, 2016 - 11:36 AM

The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes inclusive of counseling on safer sex practices to lower the risk of HIV infection as well as an explanation on the results of the test

Posters from LoveYourself Inc

HRW: PH not doing enough to curb HIV epidemic

May 18, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Reducing HIV transmission among males having sex with males MSMs requires targeted education campaigns on condom use and safe sex The government has ignored these approaches Human Rights Watch says

Rappler file photo

Cebu to presidential bets: What will you do about HIV epidemic?

Mar 18, 2016 - 9:28 PM

Cebu City is at the heart of the country’s HIV epidemic with 7 7 prevalence of HIV among males having sex with males alone as of April 2015

HEALTH RISK. Cebu is the top city with the highest rate of HIV prevalence in the country. Photo of the City Health Department by David Lozada/ Rappler

Pia Wurtzbach is new advocate for HIV awareness

Dec 21, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Groups and advocates praise the Miss Universe 2015 winner for her HIV awareness statement

ADVOCATE. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach says she will use her influence as a public figure to raise awareness of HIV, and other issues relevant to the Philippines. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Pinoy artists unite to spark HIV awareness for World AIDS Month

Dec 17, 2015 - 1:08 PM

The Red Whistle is launching its folio to bring together people in the art and literary scene whose voices will shine a light on the growing problem of HIV AIDS

Amid rising HIV cases, Iloilo to reactivate AIDS councils

Dec 09, 2015 - 4:56 PM

The establishment of Local AIDS Councils at the LGU ensures a collaborative effort from different stakeholders in crafting programs and interventions to prevent and control of the spread of HIV AIDS

Yoga for Life: An HIV positive story

Dec 05, 2015 - 5:00 PM

How does yoga help people affected with HIV?

Hiding In Vain

Dec 03, 2015 - 5:30 PM

Now I know why some people living with HIV hide their status

World AIDS Day: Spreading awareness, fighting stigma against HIV

Dec 02, 2015 - 1:47 PM

On World AIDS Day netizens say the HIV epidemic can be solved in two ways: curbing the rise of new infections and fighting the stigma attached to people living with HIV

#StayNegatHIVe: How should we celebrate World AIDS Day?

Dec 01, 2015 - 5:54 PM

World AIDS Day is a time to celebrate progress and remember there is still much to be done says the UNDP

AIDS DAY. For World AIDS Day 2015, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark issues a challenge to take past successes further by putting the marginalized 'at the forefront of our efforts.' Image taken from Shutterstock

PODCAST: Cebu’s HIV problem is also a drug problem

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Did you know that sharing needles and syringes contaminated with blood infected with HIV is the most effective way of transmitting the virus?

DOH: HIV cases in PH may reach 133,000 by 2022

Nov 25, 2015 - 2:12 PM

In 2000 one HIV case was diagnosed every 3 days In 2015 one case is detected every hour