28 Dec 100M worth of condoms will be purchased to curb HIV – DOH
To curb the increasing cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) the Department of Health is scheduled to procure 50-100 million worth of condoms next year.
The department said it had allotted one billion in its budget to address the HIV problem and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) next year.
At present, the department has 10 million condoms stock ready for distribution in pilot areas in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon regions where there are high case of HIV.
DOH also plans to distribute condoms in schools where there is an increasing trend of HIV cases among 15-24 years old.
The department also pointed out that there is a lack of education towards the illness and this is seen through low usage of protective measures such as condoms.
The controversial distribution of condoms in schools have met various criticisms from the Catholic church, however the department maintained its position that their program is not to control population but to promote awareness about the dangers of HIV.
DOH is scheduled to distribute condoms in schools next year.