DOH renews call for condom usage among risk groups

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

THE Department of Health (DOH) renewed on Sunday its call to people engaging in risky sexual activities to use condom in order to avoid acquiring the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

“If you engage with a person you think is a high-risk person, and you do not protect yourself by using condoms, you are also at risk,” said DOH spokesman Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy in an interview.

Among the high-risk groups identified by the DOH as prone to Aids and HIV are female sex workers (FSWs), males having sex with males (MSMs), injecting drug users (IDUs), and overseas foreign workers (OFWs).

“You should not be ashamed in buying condoms since you are doing it for your own protection and your loved ones,” said Lee Suy.

The Reproductive Health (RH) law also allows local health centers to distribute free condoms to the public.

From 1984 until March this year, there are already 17,948 HIV cases recorded in the country.

The DOH data include 1,652 Aids cases and 966 deaths. (HDT/Sunnex)

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