HIV cases in workplaces

Yesterday we celebrated Valentine’s Day, one of the eye catching scene in the streets was the distribution of condoms for Valentine’s Day at the Dangwa Flower Market in Manila. The condoms, provided by private manufacturers, were distributed for free at Dangwa yesterday by a team led by Dr. Eric Tayag, head of the National Epidemiology Center of the Department of Health (DOH). The DOH has blamed online social networking for the proliferation of HIV among men having sex with men (MSM).

Among the working sectors, the DOH observed that HIV/AIDS cases were on the rise among those employed in call centers. In the past decades, the virus was commonly found among commercial sex workers.

Today, news report says that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will intensify its campaign against HIV/AIDS in workplaces amid rising cases of the fatal disease in the past few years. Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said he has directed the Occupational Safety and Health Center to strengthen its awareness program by “reaching out and informing workers of the dangers of risky behaviors in the workplace that may lead to HIV/AIDS infection.”

This news is very alarming, I hope our government will really exert all their efforts to solve this problem before it’s too late.

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