Lack of education drives continued rise in HIV cases in PH

HIV is a serious global problem. More so in the Philippines where HIV incidents continue to rise yearly while the rest of the world is seeing a downward trend. Education is key to manage this. Sadly, this is halted by the very institutions that are supposed to inform and care for the well-being of the citizenry.

A UNAIDS Philippines study shows that only 15% of young adults aged 15 to 24 years old have knowledge about HIV prevention due to the absence of an extensive sex education program in the curriculum.

In a country where talking about sex is still frowned upon, discussions about the human immunodeficiency virus have always been done in extremes – either it is too technical and clinical or it is peppered with myths and falsehoods – creating a large disconnect with young adults, the audience who matter the most.

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