INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should get an HIV test
MANILA, Philippines – In February 2016, DOH reported 646 new cases of HIV infections, which is the highest number since 1984 when the first case was recorded in the Philippines.
In May 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that Philippines has the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world. (READ: Infographic: How is HIV transmitted?)
This came almost a year after the DOH warned the public that HIV cases concentrated in 6 cities — half of which are located in Metro Manila – may reach uncontrollable levels in a couple of years.
But HIV can be treated, if it is diagnosed early. This is why it's important to get tested. Unfortunately, many are afraid to take the test for various reasons. (Get tested here)
Here are some common concerns, and answers – proving the benefits of getting tested.