National HIV/STI Prevention Program
Reduce the transmission of HIV and STI among the Most At Risk Population and General Population and mitigate its impact at the individual, family, and community level.
With regard to the prevention and fight against stigma and discrimination, the following are the strategies and interventions:
1. Availability of free voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing Service;
2. 100% Condom Use Program (CUP) especially for entertainment establishments;
3. Peer education and outreach;
4. Multi-sectoral coordination through Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC);
5. Empowerment of communities;
6. Community assemblies and for a to reduce stigma;
7. Augmentation of resources of social Hygiene Clinics; and
8. Procured male condoms distributed as education materials during outreach.
As of the first quarter of 2011, the program has attained particular targets for the three major final outputs: health policy and program development; capability building of local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders; and leveraging services for priority health programs.
For the health policy and program development, the Manual of Procedures/ Standards/ Guidelines is already finalized and disseminated. The ARV Resistance surveillance among People Living with HIV (PLHIV) on Treatment is being implemented through the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). Moreover, both the Strategic Plan 2012-2016 for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission and the Strategic Plan 2012-2016 for Most at Risk Young People and HIV Prevention and Treatment are being drafted.
With regard to capability building, the Training Curriculum for HIV Counseling and Testing is already revised. Twenty five priority LGUs provided support in strengthening Local AIDS councils. as of March 2011, there were already 17 Treatment Hubs nationwide.
Lastly, for the leveraging services, baseline laboratory testing is being provided while male condoms are being distributed through social Hygiene Clinics. A total of 1,250 PLHIV were provided with treatment and 4,000 STI were treated.
The following organizations/agencies take part in achieving the goal of the National HIV/STI Prevention Program:
- Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
- Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC)
- Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)
- STI/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory (SCCL)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Pinoy Plus Association
- AIDS Society of the Philippines (ASP)
- Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI)
- Action for Health Initiatives (ACHIEVES)
- Affiliation Against AIDS in Mindanao (ALAGAD-Mindanao)
- AIDS Watch Council (AWAC)
- Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP)
- Free Rehabilitation, Economic, Education, and Legal Assistance Volunteers Association, Inc. (FREELAVA)
- Philippine NGO council on Population, Health, and Welfare, Inc. (PNGOC)
- Leyte Family Development Organization (LEFADO)
- Remedios AIDS Foundation (RAF)
- Social Development Research Institute (SDRI)
- TLF share Collectives, Inc.
- Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Katipunang Manggagawang Pilipino
- Health Action Information Network (HAIN)
- Hope Volunteers Foundation, Inc.
- KANLUNGAN Center Foundation, Inc. (KCFI)
- Kabataang Gabay sa Positibong Pamumuhay, Inc. (KGPP)
Dr. Jose Gerard B. Belimac
Department of Health-National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (DOH-NCDPC)
Contact Number: 651-78-00 local 2353