The youngest HIV patient in the Philippines is just 11 years old.
In our society today, many teens and young adults engage in sexual activities that often lead to unwanted pregnancies. An unintended pregnancy is a pregnancy that is mistimed, unplanned, or unwanted at the time of conception. Because of this lingering problem in our society today, many children are left on the streets to work for themselves—and sadly, many babies are thrown away or killed for the mere reason that their parents cannot raise them.
It is a core concept to better understand the fertility of populations and the unmet need for contraception (birth control) and family planning before engaging in sexual relationships. In order to ‘control’ the country’s population and lessen the increase in HIV carriers, the Philippine Department of Health announced that they will start giving away condoms to students.
According to Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, the youngest HIV patient in the country is just 11 years old, showing that Filipinos are engaging in sex more and at a very young age. With this at hand, the DOH is targeting students aged 15-24 in its condom distribution program.
The DOH said P50 to P100 million from the P3.35-trillion budget for 2017 has been allotted for the purchase of additional condoms for population control next year.