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Batangas to strengthen battle against HIV-AIDS

Tropical Disease Foundation Inc (TDFI), a non government organization, in cooperation with Batangas City Health Office conducted a seminar workshop on HIV and AIDS Prevention Policy Development, held Aug. 20 at Batangas City.

The seminar focused on creating and implementing program on HIV AIDS prevention and treatment. According to TDFI, through effective and continuous local response system and by passing an ordinance on creating a council for Local AIDs prevention, time would come that this HIV-related problems will be eliminated.

Meanwhile, Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus. This condition progressively reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and leaves individuals susceptible to opportunistic infections and tumors. HIV is transmitted through direct contact of a mucous membrane or the bloodstream with a bodily fluid containing HIV, such as blood, semen, vaginal fluid, preseminal fluid, and breast milk.

This transmission can involve anal, vaginal or oral sex, blood transfusion, contaminated hypodermic needles, exchange between mother and baby during pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other exposure to one of the above bodily fluids.

AIDS is now a pandemic. In 2007, it was estimated that 33.2 million people lived with the disease worldwide, and that AIDS killed an estimated 2.1 million people, including 330,000 children. Over three-quarters of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa, retarding economic growth and destroying human capital.
Genetic research indicates that HIV originated in west-central Africa during the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. AIDS was first recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1981 and its cause, HIV, identified in the early 1980s.

Although treatments for AIDS and HIV can slow the course of the disease, there is currently no vaccine or cure. Antiretroviral treatment reduces both the mortality and the morbidity of HIV infection, but these drugs are expensive and routine access to antiretroviral medication is not available in all countries. Due to the difficulty in treating HIV infection, preventing infection is a key aim in controlling the AIDS pandemic.

It was emphasized on the other hand, in the policy development seminar workshop that Republic Act 8504 or known as the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998 should be implemented. This RA includes the role of LGUs in educating, informing and providing community-based prevention and care services.

[tags]Aids, HIV, Human Immuno Virus, Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, HIV_AIDS, World Heatlth Organization, Batangas City, Batangas, News, Statistics on AIDs, with, immunodeficiency, virus, AIDS[/tags]

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