HIV/AIDS

Many people view HIV and AIDS in the same light, and therefore have the underlying prejudice that someone is HIV-positive could die tomorrow. This is not true. It is essential to distinguish between HIV and AIDS.

Press Release: Just Like A Traitor

HIV Situation in the Philippines

Department of Health HIV/AIDS Report for 2016

Department of Health HIV/AIDS Report for 2015
Department of Health HIV/AIDS Report  for 2014
Department of Health HIV/AIDS Report for 2012 and 2013

AIDS is the fourth stage of the disease caused by infection with a type of virus called HIV:

H- uman I- mmune deficiency V- irus

A virus is a very small germ. HIV is not one virus but a family of similar viruses.

AIDS is a medical diagnosis for the combination of illnesses which results from weakness of the immune system due to infection with HIV.

A- cquired I- mmune D- eficiency S- yndrome

It is a condition characterized by a combination of signs and symptoms, caused by HIV which attacks and weakens the body's immune system, making the afflicted individual susceptible to other life threatening infections and cancers.

How HIV weakens the Immune System?

Our blood contains white and red blood cells. Normally the white cells fight off and kill and germs which enter our bodies. They do this by eating up the germs and by producing chemicals called antibodies which kill them. In this way our bodies fight off many different germs and we stay healthy.

Sometimes we have symptoms of illness when our white cells are fighting the germs, but usually the white cells win and we get better.

HIV weakens our immune system by entering and destroying our white cells. As more and more white cells are killed, the body becomes less and less able to fight off the many different germs which live around and in our bodies all the time. After many years the white cells are so damaged that these germs, which normally do not cause problems, can cause deadly diseases. People living with AIDS eventually die from one of these diseases which their bodies cannot resist.

HIV can also attack the brain cells and nervous system directly causing mental and
co-ordination problems.

How does a person become infected with HIV?

HIV cannot enter the body through the air in the same way as measles. There are only four ways by which HIV can enter the body and many, many ways that it cannot enter.
HIV can enter the body in these four ways:

• by having unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person (having sexual intercourse with multiple partners might give a chance for a person to acquire the disease, why? coz you’ll never know who has HIV)
• by male to male sexual contact
• by an infected mother to her unborn child- through breastfeeding
• by transfusion of infected blood; or by infected blood in or on needles, syringes or other instruments.
ex: blood transfusion; unsterile tattoo needle

HIV/AIDS Status in the Philippines

From January 1984 to December 2009, there were 4,424 HIV cases reported in the Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry. In March 2010, there were 120 new HIV positive individuals confirmed. Of the 120 individuals reported, 13 were detected from voluntary counseling and testing. Most of the cases (87%) were males. The median age was 28 years. The 20-24 year and 25-29 year age groups had the most cases. Forty eight percent of the reported cases were from the National Capital Region.

Reported mode of transmission was sexual contact and re-using needles among injecting drug users. Homosexual contact was predominant type of sexual transmission. Of the 120 HIV positive cases, three were reported as AIDS cases. All were males.

The passive observation showed sudden increases in HIV positive cases. Today, there are 3 to 5 cases being reported with people living with HIV everyday.

How can you protect yourself from HIV and other Sexual Infections?

The BEST way is Through:

ABSTINENCE - the safest sex is NO SEX! That’s the best way to protect yourself against HIV Infection. The longer the young people can wait before sex, the less their chances of becoming HIV- positive.

CAN AIDS be Cured?

People say that there is no cure for AIDS. We believe that monogamous marriage and extramarital abstinence – the profound plan of God for sex – will not wipe out AIDS instantly. But it will eventually.

At this point in time, there is NO CURE for HIV Infection. A great deal of money and time are spent throughout the world to find an effective, safe vaccine that could be available someday.

A growing number of HIV drugs are available. These antiretroviral drugs are prescribed in combinations and have proved to be very effective if used correctly. These drugs, however, cannot cure HIV infection. It can only slow down or stall the HI-virus’ destruction of the body’s immune system.

More than cure for HIV or AIDS, the heart of True Love Waits is that even if someone does cure all sexual diseases at some point in time. There is still no cure for a broken heart, broken relationships or broken people. Sexual Purity is the idea that will protect people 100%.

The TRUTH about CONDOMS

The safe sex advice has been passed around for some time. This refers to using condoms during sexual contact. Safe means free from risk. Let’s check if using the condom is really safe.

1. According to studies, even if a condom is used correctly and does not break, it has 10-25% failure rate.

2. Latex, the material condoms are made of, is not always made perfectly. The materials undergo a weaving process. Manufacturing defects include holes in the material that will allow microorganisms like the HI Virus to pass through.

3. The condom is not actually risk-free. It just reduces the chances.

4. And there is no condom for your heart that can protect you from pain, hurt, regret, shame and broken heart. There is no condom for your Heart!

TRUE LOVE WAITS Philippines & Beyond

The Call to a International PURITY Movement.

Sharon Pumpeley together with her husband came to Uganda in January, 1981 to begin youth and student ministries. By the mid 80’s people were dying and AIDS was named. In 1993, God used a nightmare to call the Kampala student ministry team to a national abstinence movement… God gave them answers which were biblical and presented in an engaging, interactive manner. As a result, the First Lady of UGANDA became involved with the program, as well as other government, church and school officials.

True Love Waits reached the Philippines in Mindanao in 1994. The first Filipino curriculum was published in Paranaque on Luzon. The National organization we have today was established in 2004. TLW started the PURITY Conference campaign nationwide equipping leaders, students, teachers and parents. Challenging Filipino Youth to be UNASHAMED and stand for Purity. Now True Love Waits and the Purity campaign has reached MILLIONS of Filipinos and still reaching more to this day.

Who do I contact if I have HIV?

For more details you can contact:

700 Club Counseling Center
3rd flr, Sagittarius Condominium
H. Dela Costa St, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Counseling Numbers: (632) 810-7717 , (632) 810-7176

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References:

Channels of Hope’ Facilitator’s Manual, World Vision Philippines

Ibid. Channels of Hope’ Facilitator’s Manual, World Vision Philippines

Philippine National AIDS Council, 2010 HIV Summit ‘Call to Action for Broad Based Responses to AIDS Leaders. April 12, 2010.

Desiring God Resource Library Article on Condoms

True Love Waits Leader’s Manual, Church Strengthening Company, Paranaque City. 2002.

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