Over 5,000 OFWs have HIV/AIDS, lawmaker reveals

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  • More than 52,000 Filipinos have HIV/AIDS based of DOH data
  • 11% of the total number of infected Filipinos are OFWs
  • Aniceto Nertiz III urged the DOH to invest in HIV/AIDs awareness and prevention program for migrant workers

A lawmaker disclosed that more than 5,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS).

According to GMA News, ACTS OFW partylist Representative Aniceto Bertiz III said that there are 52,280 Filipino who have HIV/AIDS based on data from Department of Health’s (DOH) National HIV/AIDS Registry as of Feb. 28, 2018.

Bertiz said 5,537 or around 11 percent of the total number of Filipinos with the infection are OFWs and that 4,763 infected OFWs are male.

“Almost all of the OFWs in the registry acquired the infection via sexual contact. This is very unfortunate, because if we look at the median age of these OFWs – at 32 to 34 years old – they are actually at the top of their lives in terms of potential workforce productivity,” the lawmaker said.

Bertiz called on the DOH to invest in HIV/AIDs awareness and prevention program to reduce the number of OFWs contracting the disease.

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