Furthermore, he believes that Filipinos have always been a family-based and traditionally-oriented culture that understands the benefit of having a comprehensive and preventive education in order to maintain good health. Moreover the organization’s approach for preventing HIV/AIDS is no different, and believes that monogamy-based abstinence and fidelity should always be an integral part of any HIV/AIDS preventive campaign program regardless of the degree of influence.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Department of Health reported the situation with “AIDS has changed from a ‘low and slow’ progression to a ‘growing and hidden’ concern, which left unchecked could escalate into epidemic proportions. Health Secretary Francisco Duque admitted that about 2,792 Filipinos are now infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV); and that more than half (58%) of the reported cases were in the 25- 39 years age group. However, the median age is 30 years, ranging from 18 to 50 years.
The Department of Health also warned that the actual numbers could be much higher at around 11,200, with some 8,000 hidden or undetected cases. According to Health Secretary Duque, "A significant change in this is that 8,000 of these HIV positives are now found in the general population.” Source: Asia Pulse Pte Ltd asia.news.yahoo.com
After 26 years HIV/AIDS continues to be a major threat that infects over four million people every year worldwide for which there is no cure. Presently 40 million people have HIV/AIDS and over 25 million people have died, making AIDS one of the fastest growing out-of-control health and economic concerns that face our world today.
Global AIDS Day supports the United Nations' campaign against the growing HIV and AIDS problem in the Philippines that now encourages messages from the pulpit, not necessarily suggesting the use of condoms, but the traditional Church prescription of abstinence and loyalty to partners and encourages all parishes and congregation to do the same.
The UN Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has tapped CARITAS and the Archdiocese of Manila for the project, considering the extent of their influence, especially among the urban poor.
Global AIDS Day, under the canopy of an open-heaven, made an appeal to protect our society, especially the children from HIV/AIDS, where thousands of Filipinos, governmental leaders, religious clergy and private sector locked arms in unanimous support. Present during the affair is newly-elected Provincial Governor of Rizal, Honorable Jun Ynarez as well as Tanay Mayor, Honorable Tomas A. Tanjuatco who threw in their unequivocal support to support the cause of this campaign. Also present are Tanay Councilors-Hon. Jimmy Vista, newly elect Councilor , Hon. Joy Montague , Ptr. Art de Castro of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches and the Directors and Advisors of Global AIDS Day.
In addition to being an HIV/AIDS group, Global AIDS Day has committed its support to build at least one hospital, two health-care facilities, and later plans to break ground on the very first-ever PHILIPPINE HOPE CENTER which is coming later this year. The pledge of 25 million U.S. Dollars was made during the Global AIDS Day, June 2, 2007 event and moves forward with meetings later being scheduled with newly-elected Provincial Governor of Rizal, Honorable Jun Ynarez as well as Tanay Mayor, Honorable Tomas A. Tanjuatco.