I haven’t really been vocal about the HIV cases in the Philippines since I was diagnosed probably because my focus for the last 3 years has been my health and now that I have fully overcome the Opportunistic Infections I acquired and managed to get my CD4 up by 511 from a baseline of 4, I think it’s time that I spread awareness to whoever is reading this that “HIV is and should be everybody’s concern”.
If you think something is terribly wrong with your health, then you need to get yourself tested ASAP. I’ve heard stories through our online community group of people who died because of OI’s and though their status were not confirmed as HIV positive, they could have been saved had they consider getting tested and medication.
I myself was on the brink of death countless times since I was diagnosed but with the help of ARV, healthy lifestyle and the will to fight and carry on despite life’s challenges I can say I am humbled and grateful that I am still alive for 3 years now.
Here’s an article posted on the website of Philippine National Aids Council:
Attached to the images above are the numbers that you can call for CONFIDENTIAL HIV TESTING AND COUNSELLING.
Take the HIV test now and know your status.