Village approves HIV-Aids prevention resolution-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
A BARANGAY council in Davao City passed its own ordinance for the prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases in the village following reports that cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have increased in the city.
“Promotion of public awareness on the transmission of the disease and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) can best take place in purok-purok considerations,” read the barangay resolution 124, series of 2013, a measure to enact the ordinance promulgating policies and measures for the prevention and control of STI, HIV-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) in Calinan Poblacion.
The proposed barangay ordinance includes STI, HIV-Aids education, information and dissemination; production of STI, HIV, and Aids information, education and communication materials; prevention to mother and child transmission; function of the barangay health workers and Sangguniang Kabataan in information dissemination on most at risk children and young population; assistance, care, and support of person infected with HIV and Aids and its affected families; creation of an STI, HIV, and Aids committee of the barangay; among others.
“The committee shall formulate annual HIV and Aids prevention programs and plans that define activities for information and dissemination and voluntary counseling and testing in the community,” the ordinance read.
Reproductive Health and Welfare Center (RHWC) head Dr. Jordana Ramittere earlier said that out of 14,474 persons inflicted with Aids in the country, 650 are from Davao City.
Based on the data of RHWC from January to June this year, 88 out of 1,011 or 8.70 percent of the clients have tested positive with HIV. The data showed that there were 20 in January, 10 in February, 13 in March, 17 in April, 12 in May, and 16 in June.
Ramittere said the increase of HIV cases in Davao City is caused by risky behavior, which includes unprotected anal sex (70 percent), unprotected sex with paid partners (78 percent), and unprotected sex with multiple sex partners (average of 15 partners per year).
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 12, 2013.