Dy asks Senate to fasttrack HIV-AIDS bill

Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy.

A NEW law on the on HIV-AIDS is needed as soon as possible with more and more of the new generation of Filipinos getting infected with the disease, Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy said.

New figures just released by the Department of Health show that in January and February this year, 549 young Filipinos tested positive for HIV, and 79 of them are aged 10 to 19. Total reported cases for these two months were 1,892 and 304 of them were already at the advanced stages of HIV-AIDS when they were tested.

“I am alarmed by these new data,” said the chair of the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality.

“The House has approved its bill on the matter. It would really help if the Senate version makes progress. Perhaps the DOH can ask the Senate Committee on Health how the process can be expedited. Perhaps some senators have specific concerns the DOH can clarify,” said Herrera-Dy.

We need a more aggressive implementation of the DOH’s HIV-AIDS interventions and of the Reproductive Health Law, she added.

“HIV-AIDS is clearly and squarely a public health issue. It requires a compassionate approach to HIV patients and to people at high risk of getting HIV because of sharing of needles and unsafe practices during transactional sex, male-to-male sex,” said Herrera-Dy.

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