Facts & Figures - Oct 2009:
33 Million infections worldwide
4,218 Filipinos infected since 1984
629 Filipinos infected in 2009
80 Filipinos infected in October 2009
- 18 were OFWs
- 11 were males
- 7 were females
- 12 heterosexual cases
- 5 homosexual cases
- 1 bisexual case
Today, December 1, 2009, I invite you to join the world in the observance of the World AIDS Day under its international theme - "Universal Access and Human Rights.
Let us pray for our world and our country the Philippines, for all those whose human rights have been violated, for those living with HIV at this time.
Take a stand wherever you are, there's so much that can be done to prevent HIV, raise HIV/AIDS awareness or lessen the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.
World AIDS Day is the perfect time to find out what it's like to live an HIV-positive life. More than 25 years into the AIDS pandemic, ignorance about HIV/AIDS is still rampant. Let us get involved in the issues sorrounding HIV/AIDS, let us join community events on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs sponsored by NGOs, religious organizations and local government units.
As I leave you with a prayer for World Aids Day, take a look once again on the above facts and figures and contemplate on our kababayans who are living with HIV/AIDS - maaring sila ay kaibigan mo, kapitbahay, kabarangay, kababayan at kapatid kay Kristo. Higit silang nangangailangan ng iyong pangunawa. Our society need passionate advocates for the rights of our kababayan for better laws, services and civil rights in treatment and prevention. You may visit Youth AIDS Alliance, Inc. and AIDS Society of the Philippines for WAD 2009 events.
A Prayer for World AIDS Day
God of all the nations, so many of your children are crying out to you
worn down by injustice and suffering.
Help us to fulfil our goal of helping to make real the vision
that Christ spoke of as ‘the kingdom of God’
where justice reigns.
Help us to foster compassion one for another,
tolerating damage to no one and oppression by no system.
As we remember those living with HIV at this time
may we use all our energy and imagination
and trusting in your steadfast love
be united in conquering disease and fear.
Facts and Figures from Department of Health