DOH vows to ‘flood’ Metro Manila with condoms

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Friday, March 14, 2014


EVEN as the Reproductive Health (RH) law continues to be under a temporary restraining order (TRO) by the Supreme Court (SC), the Department of Health (DOH) has vowed to "flood" Metro Manila with condoms.

In a statement, DOH–National Capital Region (NCR) Director Dr. Teodoro Herbosa said they want to make condoms readily available in order to address the continuous rise in cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in Metro Manila.

"We will be flooding Metro Manila with condoms if it is the only way we can prevent the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS," said Herbosa, who is also a DOH undersecretary.

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He noted how condom use has been proven to be effective in terms of stopping the HIV/AIDS menace.

"It is a critical and the only effective element in the prevention and control of the disease and available tool in reducing the transmission of sexual infections and diseases," Herbosa said.

And to prove its seriousness, the DOH and the Spa's, Massage Center Club's and KTV's Association (SAMACKA) launched on Friday a massive campaign in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS in Quezon City.

Under the campaign, each of the leisure business establishments will be given a box full of free condoms and flyers, where essential information about HIV/AIDS can be read.

Customers can then get condoms and flyers from the box, which will be strategically placed at the entrance or front desk.

"We are starting this campaign in Quezon City because it has the most number of AIDS patients and HIV cases. And we are targeting entertainment hubs in the city by providing them the proper information and educating them on the prevention and control of the disease," said Herbosa.

According to the Philippine HIV/AIDS Registry report for January 2014, NCR has been found to be contributing 50 percent of the total HIV cases in the country with 224 HIV cases and 24 AIDS cases.

HIV/AIDS cases were found mostly in Quezon City with 54 HIV/6 AIDS cases; followed by Manila with 34/4 cases; Pasig with 34/4 cases; Makati with 15 HIV cases; Caloocan with 14/1 cases; Mandaluyong with 10/2 cases; Pasay with 11 HIV cases; Taguig with 7/3 cases; Paranaque with 6/2 cases; Marikina with 7/1 cases; Malabon with 6 HIV cases; and Las Pinas with 5/1 cases; San Juan with 4 HIV cases; Muntinlupa with 3 HIV cases; Valenzuela with 3 HIV cases; Navotas City with 2 HIV cases; and Pateros with one HIV case.

To note, the RH law aims to allow the government to conduct widespread distribution of family planning devices such as condoms, and birth control pills. (Sunnex)

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