Is age a factor in Accessing HIV screening?

06.11.2017

I just got home from a late-night HIV screening, we had two activities last night. 1 for a clan of young men in their early twenties and the other one, in a blue bar where most men are in their late twenties or thirties

My thoughts.

#cbs #communitybasedHIVscreening

“…Tonight, we had two Screening activities, one for a clan in taytay vs a blue bar in Morato
Seems it’s easier to encourage people in their late 20s-30s to take an hiv screening compared to those in their early 20s… Or even listen to basic hiv info.
Peer pressure?
Lack of maturity?

Fear? 

Of course, there’s the AIDS law that says that people below 18 should have prior parental consent before they can access HIV testing.

Is this why the 15-24yo incidence goin’ up? Late test? Lack of awareness? Refusal to get info? 

The AIDS medium-term plan and the Philippine Health sector plan are both focusing highly on the youth or the young key population (YKP).  Judging from what happened tonight, I think it’s only proper that we give more effort towards educating the youth and come up with plans to penetrate the young population and give them the correct information that they need to increase HIV awareness and prevent HIV infection.

Men who have sex with men are as it is, very hard to reach and the young key population who are in fact MSM, are even harder to reach.

So yes, the national youth commission is taking the right leap to reach the YKPs, unfortunately efforts toward increasing the reach through community-based HIV screening among the youth was recently (allegedly) gunned down when UNICEF found out that the training cost was too high for them to handle. So we are back to doing what we have been doing the past years, less trained Young population members will be trying to reach out to their peers. We will be heavily dependent on people in their twenties reaching out to our teenagers. 

Oh well.

Kudos to efforts around including HIV education (textbook/reference materials) in the High School curriculum that started in Quezon City, I can just hope that this will be rolled out across the country very soon.

Let’s hope for the best.

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Missing In Action: The Research

07.02.2017

It’s out, thanks to the twitter and FB pozzies who shared their stories ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

As for me my greatest take away from this project was that I was able to hear and listen to the stories of different people living with HIV. It was an emotional roller coaster going through all the interviews and then going through all of them again while doing the transcriptions, translations and editing.

“The aim of this study, conducted by Jan W. de Lind van Wijngaarden (Burapha University, Thailand) and Andrew Ching (HIV & AIDS Support House) was to document why significant numbers of men who have sex with men based in Metropolitan Manila (also known as Greater Manila, Metro Manila and Manila) currently do not access HIV services at different levels of the HIV treatment cascade. The study was carried out with support from UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub through the ISEAN/HIVOS Multi-country Global Fund HIV programme. 

Missing in Action: Loss of clients from HIV testing, treatment, care and support services:

You can download the report here:

http://www.ph.undp.org/content/philippines/en/home/library/hiv_aids/MissingInAction.html 
Special Thanks to friends from Positibong Pamilya, The Love Project, HIV Awareness Campaign Group, REDx 

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Community-based HIV screening (CBS)

07.01.2017

This is the first time that I am writing about community-based HIV screening.

December 2014

UNAIDS had its first support for the orientation on community-based HIV testing where speakers from China and Cambodia came over to talk about their experiences on community-based testing, they showed data on increased HIV test uptake after the implementation of community-based testing.

In 2015, UNAIDS supported the writing of the operating guidelines and the different manuals around community-based testing which included the training manual so we can eventually roll out the said program in the Philippines.

In 2016, around July, with support from Save the Children and Global fund, we started training community members from the national capital region, Cebu and Davao so we can pilot run the Project and see the acceptability and feasibility of the program in the Philippines.


We are currently doing the evaluation of the said project.

There had been so much issues around the project,  things like laymen cannot do screening at the community level and issues around the quality of counseling at the community once screening’s done.

But what do we really want?

Our local government units have had clinics offering free HIV testing over the past few years and community-based HIV screening is there to complement their efforts by reaching people who refuse to go to the clinic for testing.

We want to reach more people, we want to test more people and as we test people, we want to link more people to care


Yes that’s the essence of community-based HIV screening we simply want to reach people who don’t want to go to the clinics for testing we simply want to bring the HIV screening down to the community

In the 2016 International AIDS Society conference in Durban in South Africa, community-based screening (CBS) was one of the many programs presented and it has shown tremendous impact in various countries alongside other projects like pre-exposure prophylaxis and self testing

The 2017 NCR 5-month data so far has shown that out of all screened at the community level 17% remains to be the reactivity or positivity rate of the project, this is way above the less than 5% National reactivity rate of the government. We are in fact reaching the right target. 

So yes, we can do screening at the community level and yes, we are able to reach people who haven’t been tested ever in their entire lives.

And ultimately, we are able to link people to proper treatment proper care and proper support.  

This is not about people doing the screening this is about reaching people at the community level so we can have them screen for HIV this is about the clients

So ladies and gentlemen, that is what CBS or community-based HIV screening is all about so if ever you have friends or colleagues that would want to meet for a one-on-one HIV screening, you can contact us at 0 917-861-4084 and 0 927-806-7339. 

Kudos to our friends and partners:

  • The Love Project
  • Loveyourself 
  • HIV Awareness Campaign Group
  • Sustained Health Initiatives of the Philippines
  • Action for Health Initiatives of the Philippines
  • Davao City Reproductive Health Wellness Center
  • Cebu City Health office and social hygiene clinic
  • Cebu Plus
  • TLF SHARE
  • The Project Red Ribbon
  • All the community-based organizations who have gone out of their way to reach people for this project without a single centavo in exchange (sorry I am not able to list down all orgs)

CBS IN 10-15MINS! 

For more information please email us at hashCommunityoperations@gmail.com

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Grey’s Anatomy S13E17

The last conversation between Dr. Pierce and her mom, seconds before her mom died.

“…Orgasms… they are a gift, it’s your right! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise”

“…never make yourself small for anyone, be your own person”

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Grey’s S13E1

“…..with a little coffee and a little sunlight your troubles will get smaller and the world will keep standing” 

“…past is past, what’s done is.done. But the future is ours to choose”

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(1 of the) BEST HIV VIDEOS EVER

A touching video from our friends at the RED WHISTLE

PLEASE WATCH AND SHARE:

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“…Celebrities’ script reading ends with unexpected twist.

In its latest campaign, โ€œTogether,โ€ The Red Whistle gathered HIV awareness advocates like Regine Velasquez, Daiana Menezes, Jc Santos, Aiza Seguerra in a short video, to read a script, that ended in an unexpected twist. ”
#TogetherPH #Reach1Test1Save1

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broken Labor Day (May 1st)

05.03.2017

May 1.

Labor day. 

Mall day .

A pair of Reebok shoes.

Dresser.

Night lamp

Ginger snaps.

Toiletry and gadget organizers.

Shoe bag. 

Air purifier.

Broke. 

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Choices

05.02.2017

We all make choices 

Some choices may have been forced on us but still we make choices 

We may have a thousand different options but we always end up with our own choice.

Life is a big choice .

Choose to fight. 

Choose to give up.

Choose to live. Or die.  

At the end of the day, we choose.

And it’s our choice.

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Packing

05.01.2017


Packing my bag for an 8 day trip. Clothes. Test kits. Condoms. Lubes. Flyers. Posters. 

It’s like when I left last year for an asian HIV community study tour for 9 days.

Or when I went off the Durban fornthe AIDS Conference for 8 days.

One of the must-take-trips that I would rather not take.

Because I will miss someone.

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+he Sun

04.20.2017

Soaked in blood.

Red as blood.

People in awe.

I wonder.

If it were an HIV positive blood enveloping the sun…

Would men dare stare?

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