Positive Pinoy: my personal journey with HIV.

I was diagnosed last March 29, 2012 in a time that I was supposed to leave the country in a couple more weeks. I had my medical exam, and the result returned POSITIVE. From then on, my journey with HIV began.

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What's New?: gateway to useful links on local and international news and updates about HIV.

A summary collection of medical articles, research news, and science breakthroughs on HIV/AIDS, STIs, and other related diseases.

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HIV 101: Basic information for the newly-diagnosed.

Understand the basics, know the facts, and take care of yourself. This section contains basic information about HIV/AIDS.

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Social Media: going viral against HIV/AIDS and other STIs.

The entrance of social media in spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS has gone viral. Famous personalities and the common man alike showed their support not just to HIV education but also with regards to the lives and struggles of the LGBT community.

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Health Events: listing of wellness and advocacy events for HIV-positive individuals and friends.

This section contains a summary listing of knowledge-sharing events on HIV, mass HIV testing, and other wellness events that will strengthen the overall health of HIV-positive individuals.

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18) Cyberbullying: student falsely accused of intentionally spreading HIV

This happened last July 2012, and have been posted on numerous sites over the Internet. It is worthy to be re-posted to keep us informed that this new kind of cyber-bullying exists, and must be stopped. We must also be cautious of the information we share/re-post in our social networking accounts especially if the contents are sensitive in nature. And much worse, if the information and/or accusation being shared and passed on is unverified.

I contacted the victim, Mr. Raymond J. Malinay-Lopez, through facebook and I was given permission to post the video that he made regarding the issue.

Here is an excerpt taken on the facebook account of Mr. Malinay-Lopez:

     It does not matter whether or not any of the individuals involved have HIV/AIDS or not. What is important here is that each person is entitled to full confidentiality regarding their HIV/AIDS status under R.A. 8504 (Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998), and that should be universally respected. No one deserves their name slandered over social media in that manner, and such hate speech ought to stop. And of course, being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS is not a death sentence and there have been many advances in modern medicine to help people living with HIV live good lives provided they are diagnosed early enough.

Here is also the statement of the AIDS Society of the Philippines:  

     The AIDS Society of the Philippines (ASP) Board of Trustees and its staff members vehemently state that the organization is not accountable and is not associated in whatever form and manner with the "NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC" that is currently circulating in the social media.

     For all its supposed intents and purposes, the notice and whoever is behind it is a blatant attack on the ASP's name and track record. The organization has remained and will always remain professional and genuinely committed with its HIV and AIDS prevention initiatives and is conscientious in its role and responsibility  to protect the rights of all individuals.

     The ASP is currently undertaking an investigation and taking on the appropriate discourse of actions to address this destructive assault on the organization.

Currently have 4 comments:

  1. What happened to the guy now?

  2. I usually converse with him through FB. He's still studying, and he leads a certain group which does charity and volunteer work to some select organizations. He's a good guy! :-)

    He also made another video. It was actually a video of support from his friends and schoolmates. :-)

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