Should DOH entertain once more the idea of condom distribution to highschool students?

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED December 7, 2017 12:10 pm | UPDATED December 7, 2017 04:49 pm
Photo by Michaela Tangan/Inside Manila

(Inside Manila) With the alarming increase of new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) the Department of Health requests one thing from the Department of Education—correct information dissemination regarding HIV and AIDS among high school students.

The topic was brought up in a recent press conference as the local government of Quezon City organized its second HIV Summit on Tuesday, December 6.

Dr. Genesis Samonte, Public Health Epidemiologist at Department of Health answers questions from the media.

When asked if the DOH still entertains the idea of the condom distribution among students who are particularly active to sexual engagements, the department answered:

"So right now hindi pa din amenable ang Department of Education na magdistribute ng condoms sa schools and we respect that. Okay lang po yun, walang kaso yan. However ang hinihiling po namin sa Department Education na payag naman po sila is increase in information kasi mandate po iyon ng Department of Education. So kung maitataas po nila iyon sa 90% wagi na po tayo sa first goal," explained Dr. Genesis Samonte, Public Health Epidemiologist at Department of Health.

Last February DepEd disapproved the proposed condom distribution among high school students. However, to meet DOH's request the department increased its efforts through enhancing sex education programs.

In the data gathered by the DOH presented in the summit, people diagnosed with HIV or human immunodeficiency virus has reached 46,985. Out of this number, almost half are from the National Capital Region (NCR), and 4,412 came from Quezon City.

While the alleged youngest known diagnosed in the city is around 17 years old.

According to Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista he's set to allocate P5 million to fund a free HIV testing and sustain the medicines needed by those who are positive with HIV/AIDS.



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