- Korina Sanchez-Roxas premieres ‘HIV Rising’ docu on ANC and DZMM TeleRadyo
- All the public needs to know about HIV
Award-winning broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez-Roxas is back with a documentary called “HIV Rising” about the growing number of HIV cases in the Philippines that will air on Saturday (December 15) at 9 pm on DZMM TeleRadyo and on Monday (December 17) on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel at 8 pm.
Through the documentary, which is produced by ABS-CBN DocuCentral and first premiered last Sunday (December 9) on ABS-CBN, Korina takes on the HIV advocacy to spread information about HIV that can help lessen the stigma on HIV and AIDS, and ultimately stop the spread of the disease.
According to data from UNAIDS, the United Nations program on HIV and AIDS, the Philippines is one of nine countries with the highest rate of infections of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV. In September 2018, the number of those who tested HIV positive reached 59,135. Out of that number, over 16,000 were children and young adults aged 15 to 24.
“HIV Rising” tackles everything one needs to know about HIV and AIDS, how to avoid infection and spreading the disease, where and how to get proper treatment, and what the government is doing to help those infected and to educate Filipinos on the HIV. It also helps shed light on the lives of real people living with the disease by sharing their stories and firsthand accounts.
The documentary earned praise from netizens who lauded “HIV Rising” for bringing the issue of HIV to mainstream media so the public can be aware of the problem and help prevent it.
“We’re in a generation where many of us know someone diagnosed with HIV,” said Twitter user @ReignGwapito. “It’s getting closer to home. The documentary shows the realities of this infection, the risks and vulnerabilities of everyone, and how we can prevent its spread.”
Another netizen praised the team behind the documentary for shedding light on HIV and rallying different sectors together.
“Together with the different government organizations, NGOs, private sector, media, and the communities, we can put a stop to the rapid increase of HIV infection in the Philippines,” said Facebook user Billy Santos. “Thank you to ABS-CBN Docu Central and Korina Sanchez for putting up this well-balanced and informative documentary about the issue,” he added.
According to Korina, who had friends who died of AIDS, she realized while doing her master’s thesis on HIV that the rising numbers of Filipinos who live with and die of HIV and AIDS are due largely to the lack of awareness surrounding the sickness.
“AIDS or HIV is not a death sentence anymore if you are informed and get the treatment you need,” said Korina. “Many people are still scared of the stigma that comes with these sicknesses so they don’t seek treatment. But you don’t have to be scared to get tested because the treatment is there. You don’t have to die because of these sicknesses,” she added.
The “Rated K” anchor also shared that the documentary will look into the possible link of the increase in HIV cases to the rising “hook up” culture of unprotected sex among strangers via online dating apps. Helping her provide facts about the disease in the documentary are experts from the Department of Health (DOH), the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, the Department of Education, and various NGOs.
“People who are exploring their sexuality and engaging in unprotected sex often forego safety and become more at risk to sexually transmitted diseases,” said Dr. Rosanna Ditangco RITM. “The availability and ease of use of these apps fuel that culture,” she added.
Are online dating apps to blame? Can one live a normal life and survive the disease once infected? How available is the treatment? Join Korina as she searches for answers and discusses everything the public needs to know about HIV and AIDS in “HIV Rising” on Saturday (December 15) at 9 pm on DZMM TeleRadyo and on Monday (December 17) on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel at 8 pm, and will be available for viewing online via iwant.ph.
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