Owners of girlie bars on Fields Avenue have been urged to help prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS in Angeles City.
Rodelio “Tony” Mamac, chief of Barangay Balibago, which covers the Fields Avenue/Walking Street red-light zone, invited the owners to an consciousness seminar this week.
Dr Verona Guevarra, of the barangay’s Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC), mentioned 435 circumstances of HIV had been recorded within the metropolis as of February this 12 months.
The Angeles City Health Office has additionally monitored circumstances of bar ladies with gonorrhoea, genital warts and different STDs.
Mr Mamac urged the bar owners and managers to report any circumstances to help native authorities monitor illness.
Senate motion on HIV-AIDS
Also this week, jailed senator Leila de Lima referred to as for motion over the rising quantity of HIV-AIDS circumstances within the 15-34 age group.
She has now filed a Senate Resolution to look into the worrying development.
She mentioned: “This alarming enhance of HIV incidence involving Filipino youth will be attributed not solely to the shortage of HIV consciousness within the nation but additionally to the appearance of expertise. This makes discovering [email protected] companions on-line simple, what with the rise of on-line relationship functions. With this, individuals are lured to unsafe [email protected]
“As such, the government should address this growing youth epidemic especially because the State had a mechanism aimed to prevent the extensive outbreak of this disease from happening since 1998.”
Central Luzon, which incorporates Angeles City, ranks third amongst areas within the nation with the very best quantity of reported HIV circumstances.
An common of 4 sufferers a day are recognized to have acquired the virus.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,098 new HIV circumstances within the first three months of this 12 months. This is almost double the quantity recorded in the identical timeframe final 12 months.
DOH information additionally exhibits that the share of HIV constructive circumstances within the age group 15-24 elevated from 25 per cent in 2006-2010 to 28 per cent in 2011-2016. Figures recommend that since 2001 the typical age of an HIV-AIDS sufferer has shifted steadily downwards.
Senator De Lima mentioned: “It is imperative for the Senate as part of the policy-making body of the government to review any existing laws and look into how these concerned government agencies are addressing the campaign against HIV/ AIDS, especially among the youth.”