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No more free condoms blamed for HIV cases rise

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Health advocates blame the sharp increase of  human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among Filipinos on the Arroyo administration’s halting the distribution of free condoms through government hospitals and health centers.

Former Health Secretary Alberto Romualdez said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, on taking Malacañang in 2001, apparently gave in to pressure from Catholic leaders to stop the distribution of condoms as a way of preventing HIV infections in the Philippines.

HIV is the virus that causes the still incurable acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The Catholic Church opposes the use of condoms, even for preventing the dreaded disease.

But the Department of Health (DOH) endorses the use of condoms as a means to prevent the spread of HIV.

Romualdez, secretary of health during the Estrada administration, recalled that it was in 1997 when the US Agency for International Development (USAid) informed the Philippine government of the plan to phase out donations of reproductive health (RH) supplies, including condoms, to developing countries.

“But USAid gave us a timetable. And the DOH said, ‘It was okay, we’ll start our own procurement so that supplies would not run out,’” he said.

“Unfortunately, we changed leaderships in 2001 and the new (administration) under the influence of the Church put an embargo on the procurement of (reproductive health) supplies by the national government,” Romualdez said in an interview after a forum on HIV/AIDS in the Senate hosted on Monday by Sen. Pia Cayetano, chairperson of the health committee.

Romualdez said it was during the gradual phaseout of USAid donations from 2001 until 2006 when the incidence of HIV rose steeply.

Since the Arroyo administration refused to procure condoms for HIV prevention, Romualdez said the DOH had to rely on a separate donation from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) “which was a smaller (volume) compared to what the need (was).”

“That’s the connection. It was in 2001 when the procurement stopped, so the government was not able to (replenish) the products that were being phased out by USAid and other donors. In 2006, when the supplies finally ran out, the incidence of HIV began to climb,” he said.

“The purchase order (for condoms) was disapproved. It was stopped because of pressure from the Church. An embargo (was imposed) on all kinds of RH supplies,” Romualdez stressed further.

“It is only now under the (Aquino) administration when it started again. But the procurement that we started (during the Estrada administration) stopped,” he said.

Romualdez stood up at one point during the Senate forum and noted from the presentation made by DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag, head of the National Epidemiology Center (NEC), that the incidence of HIV infection shot up in 2006 just about the time supplies ran out.

Figures from the NEC showed that from 1997 to 2001, HIV incidence in the Philippines was less than 1,000 cases a year.

Worsening situation

Tayag showed a graph indicating that from 2002 to 2006—the early years of the Arroyo administration—the annual incidence of HIV infection increased to more than 1,000 and then grew by 668 percent from 2007 to 2012.

Tayag’s presentation also showed that from one new case of HIV every three days in 2000, the DOH recorded one new case a day in 2007.

In 2010, the department recorded four new cases a day that later increased to seven new cases after a year.

At present, the DOH lists nine new cases a day of HIV infection, most of which occur in men who engage in sex with other men (MSM).

Romualdez said it was in 2006 when the annual increase rose to 26 percent from only 18 percent in 2005 and 17 percent in 2004.

The DOH has reported 295 new cases of HIV-AIDS in the country for the month of October, almost double in the same period last year.

Records from the NEC showed that 93 percent of the cases were men aged between 15 to 56. Of the total, 22 were confirmed as AIDS cases, all of which involved men.

In his Twitter account, Tayag said more Filipino males were including condoms in their “daily wardrobe” as the health agency projected an increase in the prevalence of HIV-AIDS among men.

The latest DOH report showed that at least 286 cases were contracted through unprotected sex, with men having sex with other men as the “predominant type of sexual transmission.” The mode of transmission for the rest of the cases was needle-sharing among drug users.

Of the total new cases monitored in October, almost half or 137 cases, were from Metro Manila.

HIV leads to AIDS, a condition in which the body’s immune systems are attacked and damaged by the virus, ultimately leading to death.

Since 1984, the health agency has recorded a total of 9,995 asymptomatic cases and 1,130 AIDS cases. No new deaths were reported in October.

In the Senate, Romualdez said that during the Estrada administration, the DOH distributed condoms for free in areas with populations known to engage in MSM and other “risky sexual behavior.”

Tayag’s report also included the following:

  • Over the last decade, the number of Filipinos infected with HIV rose by more than 25 percent

  • The Philippines is now among the countries where new HIV/AIDS infections have increased by 25 percent in the last decade, including Bangladesh, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Sri Lanka according to the 2012 Global Report of the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

  • The situation in the Philippines is the reverse of “trends in many low- and … middle-income countries… able to reduce the rate of HIV infections by more than 50 percent from 2001 to 2011.”

  • The age bracket between 15 and 24 years old is the fastest growing group in HIV infection.

In MSM cases, the NEC reported that 45 percent of those who were infected with HIV said condoms were “not available” at the time of infection; 27 percent said they did not like to use condoms; 11 percent said their partner objected; 11 percent thought condom use was “not necessary”; 3 percent “forgot” to use condoms; another 3 percent said they did not know how to use condoms and 1 percent said condoms were “too expensive.” With a report from Jocelyn R. Uy


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  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    How can one be considered pro-life when in their successful opposition to distribute condoms people die a slow death with aids virus?

    How can they live with their conscience knowing those death can be avoided by the simple use of condom, education and freedom of choice? Those people who died are human beings with the same feelings and dreams like each and everyone of us and yet why are those life so immaterial and easily dismissed as just numbers?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

      Think deeper bay.

    • Godfrey Buillon

      Buy your own condoms if you want to have sex. The rise in HIV is from gay sodomy, period. They have money to do drink, do drugs, date they certainly have money to buy rubbers. I don’t want my taxpayer money to be used for someone’s sexual habit. Everyone feels they are entitled to freebies all the time, so FREE HIV!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

    May problema si Romualdez. Promiscuity causes HIV and not absence of condom and RH if passed will promote promiscuity as it mandates sexual education among our children which will encourage them to engage in pre marital sex having been taught how to engage in sex without getting pregnant. In whose favor? The foreign businessmen who manufacture and sell these contraceptives. At whose expense? Our children who are our future!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CBBPG4SGSURB5V5A5BBQX4HF2Y Peter

      Its you who has the problem, what I do with my genitals is none of your business, if I buy condums, its my money not yours, do not dictate me with you hypocritical hyperbole, Raising children is the prerogative of the parents, not the church, not yours, its the parents who will determine their future.

      • Godfrey Buillon

        “what I do with my genitals is none of your business” should you die of HIV because of that should also be your business!

    • dan4321

      Your view is not only convoluted but also outdated Reynaldo.Just ask yourself,even sexual  education was not and is not being taught to children,how come there were still a lot who ended up getting pregnant? Like it  or not,with the the new technology,one way or the other,these children will still be promiscuous.Besides it becomes more dangerous.The Philippines is not isolated from the Modern World.And even if it were,human drives will still make them do it.EDUCATION indeed PLAYS A VITAL ROLE among others.And yes being civilized means giving the PEOPLE an Option eve n if we consider it IMMORAL.
      Let the People decide if it’s Immoral or Not,Right or Wrong.

    • Godfrey Buillon

      Romauldez has investments in these companies. He set up Friendly Care Family planning clinic and hope the RHBill would pass during Erap’s time so his investment didn’t mature. Now he is hoping to make a killing with this again.

  • arthur1410

    The bishops are saying that condom is bad because using it will just enrich the manufacturers. They don’t argue that unmarried couples doing sex outside marriage is sinful. 

    Whether these unmarried couples are using condoms or not, is not the issue. The issue is making sex acts outside marriage is against morality and that is where the bishops should concentrate on.

    The church has failed in its mission in curbing immorality for some of them themselves are immoral, just like the regular toothless bum in the street or a barong-clad executive in makati, and me including. Nowadays, it is nor uncommon to see married men/women having illicit affairs and the church seems to be very silent on this.

    The bishops are concentrating too much on RH, thus, forgetting the more important task at hand-saving the soul of the people as what Jesus had preached during those times. 

    Well, because they know that their relevancy is being challenged so they are resorting to lies, deception and diversion.

    • Godfrey Buillon

      What are you talking about? Part of a persons soul is the moral care of his body and desires! That is why HIV is on the rise because of SODOMY and multiple sexual partners, one-night stands. Call centers have high incidences now, why because of hooking up and multiple sex partners and gay sodomy. They have more than enough money to buy themselves condoms why waste taxpayers money for their disordered sexual habits? You want to have sex, account for it, pay for it!

      • arthur1410

        My point bro is morality and this is where the church fails. RH is not immoral. It is about how to plan a family. If married couple has to use condoms to have a family they can afford, so be it. Control of sex for unmarried couples is the domain of the church and it failed big because many priests are also involved in sex scandals. 

        The church even failed big time in condoning another form of immorality, the  corruption in the government. When a bishop condoned cheating in election and  allowing gma to rule illegally by saying “everybody cheats anyway” and looking at the other side and even praying for/over her while the resources of the government are being divested, it’s an admission that bishops and the church didn’t care about morality. To them, bribery or donations or alms or whatever you call it, is more important than morality. Did you hear about the SUV, the donations of GMA to bishops? 

        The bishops have wrong priorities. They are very emphatic about their opposition because they know that it the test of their relevancy in our society. 

        You missed my point completely my friend, I’m sorry for you. 

      • foreignerph

        You seem to be very obsessed with SODOMY, mentioning it at least 3 times in this thread. Some unconscious yearning for it? :-p

    • foreignerph

      Who says sex before marriage is sinful? Marriage didn’t even exist most of the time in the 90,000 years since Homo Sapiens or the 8 million years since the genus Homo existed. You gladly lost your own Asian spirituality and culture to your Spanish colonizers and you adopted their myths from an old book that the Spanish themselves have discarded as obsolete.

      No pride at all, that’s why the Chinese will steal your islands and the ideology of a tiny state (the Vatican) full of old white sex-obsessed men will keep you in mental slavery forever.

      • arthur1410

        In the eyes of the Catholics, sex before marriage is sinful and I am a catholic. If you’re not a catholic and sex before marriage is acceptable to you, then there’s nothing to argue and I won’t contradict your belief. You’re entitled to your belief, so am I. 
        The way you sounded, it is as if you’re full of hatred to fellow human beings. Good day Bro.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LJVSZRQ7PBVINM5F6LL2HRURKA Rinaanir

    Bakit kailangang kunsintihin yang mga makakating bading? KUNG kasama sa adhikain ng RH bill ang magsupply ng condoms sa mga yan, eto lang masasabi ko: Hinding-hindi ako magbabayad ng buwis para lang sa ikaliligaya ng mga iresponsableng bading na yan. Aba, kasalanan ba ng taong-bayan kung: 1.) 45 percent of the respondents did not use condoms because they were not available; 2.) 27 percent didn’t like to use condoms; 3.) 11 percent objected to using it; 4.) 11 percent think it was not necessary; 5.) 3 percent forgot to use a condom; 6.) 3 percent don’t know how to use a condom; and 7.) 1 percent said condoms were too expensive.

    Panong di available ang condoms, eh sa mga convenient stores lang eh naglipana ang mga to, simula sa local hanggang sa imported, cheap at mahal, with matching flavors at added “pampakiliti” pa? And say it again? Don’t know how to use condoms? One does not need to be a rocket scientist to know how to use one! And finally, kung simpleng condom lang eh “can’t afford” ka, eh manigas ka, in a bad way. 

    RH bill aims for responsible parenthood, not for responsible @nal sex!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CBBPG4SGSURB5V5A5BBQX4HF2Y Peter

    To the CBCP  -  WHAT I DO WITH MY GENITALS IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS, MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS, IF YOU BELIEVE THAT MY SOUL WOULD BE DAMNED FOR  DEFYING THE CHURCH, THAT’S MY PROBLEM NOT YOURS. PLEASE STOP POKING YOUR NOSE ON WHAT I DO WITH MY PENIS, UNLESS YOU’RE A PEEPING TOM, HOMO OR VOYEUR – HAVE YOURSELF EXAMINED BY A PSYCHIATRIST.

    • txtman

      WALA AKO PAKIALAM SA TITI MO

      KAYA NGA

      DON’T EXPECT US TO PAY FOR THE CLOTHES OF YOUR TITI

      GUSTO MO MAGPASARAP

      GO

      PERO DON’T EXPECT ME TO PAY FOR YOUR CONDOMS

      ANO KA, HILO?

      EXCUSE ME

      ANYWAY

      WHO CARES FOR YOUR INFANTILE PENIS?

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      PITIFUL

      • generalproblem

        nice

    • Godfrey Buillon

      SO BUY YOUR OWN CONDOMS OR GET YOUR HIV FOR FREE! STOP DEMANDING THE 99% OF THE POPULATION TO PAY FOR YOUR DISORDERED SEXUAL HABITS. IF YOU WANT TO POKE YOUR PENIS IN A POOP CHUTE AND GET HIV THAT’S YOUR BUSINESS LEAVE US WORKING TAXPAYERS ALONE.

  • simondj

    the bishops should focus on their job, to preach about Jesus, his life, his works, his words, and what will Jesus do in the future. dont focus on condoms, this is just a ploy of the devil, the devil come to decieve, kill and destroy.
    if the husband and wife has good breeding, condom is unnecessary. i wonder why they pass judgement on condoms. God give us feeling of urge and patience, so we must use it wisely.
    also let the husband and wife discuss this (condom) and not the whole world. the use or not to use condom must be confine only in the discussion of husband and wife alone.
    me too, i do not want any of my tax to buy condoms.

  • Chloroform

    If the government wants to stop the spreading of AIDS, then they should separate the “carriers” from the general population. they can do this under “public safety”… for me, having sex is not a right but a choice…

  • charlie_oscar

    The part of the problem here is lack of complete understanding of the virus.  First, the more people that have it…the odds are higher of spreading it…Basic math confirms this. 10% vs 30% your odds go up 20%.  The HIV cases have been on the rise for a decade but the system is not efficiantly recording the new cases – so it becomes a hidden epidemic. When the system begins to see the signs (people are actually sick and going to a hospital) many years have gone by.  There is no excuse for this…The Philippines can send world-class nurses all over the world – why cannot we dedicate more resources to public health?   A test for HIV can be done in 15 minutes in the privacy of your home – with a simple swabing of your gums and waiting 15 minutes for a color indication of pos/neg.

    This is not 1985 anymore!

  • just_anotherperson

    The DOH should also provide free syringes for addicts since sharing of needles is the second major cause of HIV transmission.

    Give them the tools to be happy!  LOL.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BV6DWTSUHKJGFANJJ5P3WPPTQM Paul

    do condoms prevent HIV transmission?  promiscuity does.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    Sure, no more free condoms is leading to thousands contracting a life threatening disease, but at least some old white men in the Vatican are happy!

    Priorities, people!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L2AUVC4MXZ2IIYARH3VOBUPEPA Socorro

    Grabe pati ba ang spread of HIV ay si GMA ang to blame. Actually everybody knows that MORAL degeneration is to blame. We welcome a lot of western influence on  concept of relationship, like the western sex is very casual, we embrace this but we are not ready for the consequence. If there is somebody to blame for the spread of HIV it should be the victims themselves except for the innocent children born by parents with HIV.WALA ng IBA pa. 

    • foreignerph

      You must be kidding. I have been living 5 years in the Phils and I never saw such loose sexual morals and incest. Blame the foreigners, blame the Chinese, blame the infidels for that :-p

      • generalproblem

        blame you foreigner for coming to philippines just to get cheap sex

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L2AUVC4MXZ2IIYARH3VOBUPEPA Socorro

    What the western countries are doing gaya naman tayo masabi lang na magaling tayo, now even the same sex indulgement is very much welcome in our society unlike before when we consider sex as very sacred and good that it is only reserve for married couples. kasi pag may union ang 2 tao may fruit for sure and responsibilities come with it. We do not think like that now. Our good concept of  sex had deteriorated and had been corrupted.  

    • panhase

       You said “we consider sex as very sacred and good that is only reserve for married couples.”
      Is there another country that is also called Philippines?
      One needed only 2 look around, but of course by doing so one shouldn´t close the eyes to the realities of life.

  • Godfrey Buillon

    Hahaha Quasi Romualdez is a joke. A doctor who claims it’s the lack of condoms that made HIV rise. The majority of HIV cases are from gay men sodomizing each other! If they can go to a motel, take drugs and alcohol, date, they can certainly buy their own condoms at 7-11. BS talaga!

    • foreignerph

      Did you know, “sir”, that you also can get HIV from blood products? Even a pious nun can get it from there. In normal countries, every batch of blood is checked against Hepatitis A-B-C, HIV and a few other agents. Those tests cost money since they have to be imported and the customs want their pasalubong too.

      Knowing how deadly corrupt the Phils is from top to bottom, I’m pretty sure the money for test kits not always ends up where it is intended. Preventing HIV-infection is in your interest too if you ever need a transfusion, plasma or medicines based on blood products. If an infection can be prevented by a simple piece of latex, it’s criminal to oppose that, certainly when based on something irrelevant like an imported religion.

      • generalproblem

        you know foreigner we understand that govt is corrupt but i dont understand taht it is a responsibility of the govt to buy condom for its people if they want to screw somebody. Is you govt provide free condom. If yes please let me know which country you live and we will live there. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BTPMHSQOAVKY5DO6I3VU4VZ5PQ Jude

    most of these HIV people are NOT indigent….its not the CONDOM! 

  • Godfrey Buillon

    “1 percent said condoms were “too expensive”  whoa 1% said they could not afford but Romauldez wants to give all of them freebies? Does anyone else see the stupidity in this?

  • 7_mgawalanghiyakayo

    Kaya maraming nagkasakit ng HIV ay dahil talamak ang mga babaeng nagbenta ng laman loob at karamihan sa sa mga naghawak ng mga babaeng nagbenta ng laman loob ay protektadado ng mga taga gobyerno. At sa kaso naman sa lalaki to lalaki ay dahil yan sa katamaran ng tao kaya kakapit sa mga bakla, kaya walang ibang dapat sisihin sa pag akyat ng bilang sa mga nagkasakit ng HIV kundi mismo ang mga nagkasakit at kurapsyon sa gobyerno

    • Francis81

       Dun sa Bahay Pangarap gabi gabi maraming babae o minsan lalaki na nagbebenta ng laman ang dinadala dun.  Kadalasan mga imported pa.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V6JTYBZXUSXIDCD67ACZK7NUKM Joseph

    Oh please, even the Pope now says to use condoms to prevent HIV. Iba talaga ang katangahan ng simbahan dito.

    • turin55555

       Correct. The Filipino Catholic clergy are plain and simple incompetent into taking on this one big social/health problem.

    • henri_see

       Tol, baha ng condom sa Thailand, pero tingnan mo HIV nila kumpara sa atin.
      HIrap sa matatalinong katulad mo, galit ang pinaiiral, hindi isipan.

  • mekeni62

    Everyone of reproductive age has access to condoms and they are not expensive. It is information dissemination about STD’s  and  safe sex education that is lacking and this is the Department of Health’s and DepEd’s undertakings.  The increase in percentage does not even mirror the true picture as there are many unreported cases still.

  • wawangpenoy

    I’ve always been really against the church’s meddling in government affairs especially so regarding the RH Bill, but these logic of Romualdez, supposedly an intelligent guy,  is sooooooo lame. Pia, in case you don’t know, having these kind of people (dumb and stupid ones) to speak for the RH Bill is not helping. Sa susunod naman pag-aralan nyong mabuti ang sasabihin ng mga resource persons nyo. Romualdez has actually sabotaged whatever gains the pro-RH Bill has mustered. Now, you’re back to square one. Kailangang burahin nyo sa eksena itong endorsement na ito. Because of this, I feel that proponents of the RH Bill is now in crisis management mode.   Romualdez you just taught me what an oxymoron is. May your logic die with you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Kay GMA na naman sinisi pati AIDS? Kaya dumadami aids, kasi dumadami ang nakikipag sex sa di nila tunay na asawa. Yan ang totoo. Masakit mang aminin, madami aids sa gay sex. Dumadami maniac.

  • sacrebleau

    We should stop using a religious solution to a logical problem. We’ve tried that so many times in the past, it brought us nothing but “pop star” priests – and more revenue for the Church.

  • turin55555

    The Filipino Catholic clergy, unfortunately, would someday get the ire of all the people who’d get infected with HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections/diseases especially if the number of infected Filipinos keeps on rising.

    • xrisp

      In the end only you and including a few would stick on your crooked belief. Go on and defy God. Indulge yourself to the maximum pleasure of your body. Both your flesh and spirit will perish.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SXU2WJRDDBMEJZ7NAGOZZJT6BQ James

        What an idiot! Keep your religion to yourself!

      • xrisp

        You have only slapped on your face what you have said. Every bad words you will say will only condemn you. Go on release every trash in your heart!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SXU2WJRDDBMEJZ7NAGOZZJT6BQ James

        Says who?

      • xrisp

        Who says?

      • foreignerph

        Talking about a crooked belief, here in Europe the church has a very bad track record as child molesters and I experienced it too, a priest and two Don Bosco friars in grade school. It wasn’t an exception, it was the rule.
        Now the church can’t get any young priests any more, except import from Africa, it is still harassing and killing people by its condomania. Wouldn’t it be time to stay out of people’s lives, or at least not impose their particular hangups to others?

      • http://www.facebook.com/comelec.voter.9 Comelec Voter

        Go back to Europe and stay there.  Foreigners like you shouldn’t mess with our own state affairs.  IF you have issues with your Church or Religion, go to their Offices or Court and file appropriate charges.  Do not mess with our own Internal Affairs.

      • xrisp

        Does that change the purpose for which the Church has been established? Its the people that change not the Church. And why do people change? Because they are being tricked by the devil to believe that it is meaningless to be good. For my part, even if Im the only one left and everyone abandons their faith, I will never leave the Church. Our faithfulness to God will reach to the heavens but the justice of God will bend on those who do evil.

      • mang_empoy

        It is good to know there are catholics like you. Keep the fire of faith burning and God will repay your perseverance.

  • disqusted0fu

    blame it on Arroyo again! what else is new? everyone is now doing the bad example that the president has set, which is if there is a problem, you dont have to come up with solutions, you just have to blame someone or something. in this case, its Arroyo again, everyone’s favorite scapegoat.

  • ever green

    “”another 3 percent said they did not know how to use condoms “” …????????????????? 

  • disqusted0fu

    whats really causing the increase in HIV cases are: people engaging in pre marital sex, which this current administration is apparently ok with as long as they are “protected”, lack of education, and the inaction of the government against prostitution and human trafficking. its either they dont do anything about it, or they are one way or another also involved in it.

    • foreignerph

      You must be a very old man not understand that healthy young people have desires that you don’t feel any more. Who says premarital sex is wrong? Marriage is a recent invention. Young people like to experiment before they settle down. There is a relatively good prevention against HIV infection and that is condom use. If the catholics don’t like it, well nobody forces them to use it. Just don’t endanger others that are not interested in religious delusions.

      • Garo Ungaro

        the problem maybe is they had the condom alright…but in the midst of the urges they forget the condom from their pocket…condoms is the best and the only protection…so if still they catch HIV then is the fault of the condom hahaha…it was not use…even if u educate them..if they refused using it then…chances are u will catch…the deseases ….

      • generalproblem

        well i dont care if they have HIV but please dont blame the government of their stupidity. Porke wala nang libre na condom sisihin na govt. mas maraming magagawa sa mahirap kung yung pambili ng condom eh gagamitin sa mga makabuluhang trabaho. suggestion mas maganda siguro kung yung pondo ng gobyremo sa pagbili ng condom eh ipagpatayo na lang ng pabrika ng condom kesa import pa natin sa thailand sila tuloy ang nagkakatrabaho.

      • http://www.facebook.com/comelec.voter.9 Comelec Voter

        Obviously, we have different morals than you.  We have values and you don’t.  If you believe that pre-marital sex is OK, then do it in your own country.  Foreigners like you should not mess with the affair of our nation.  Actually, you can be legally deported if you keep on sticking your nose in our politics.  Your IP address can easily pinpoint your location.

      • panhase

        Then you should start legally deporting catholic priests and friars who do not carry a philippine passport and are messing with the affair of this nation.

      • wawangpenoy

         Try me. If you can pinpoint where I am, I’ll give you million dollars. Anyway, that’s beside the point. I’m not trying to defend foreignerph but the way you talk reflects how religions teach. Every religion will always tell you “others can not be saved.. only us will be saved” and your logic about morals and values follows the same pattern which suggests how gullible you area. You and your likes are really pathetic. For all you know, your soul is already burning in hell, assuming there is hell according to your belief.

  • wgd82

    hahaha isisi daw ba sa government ang mga kaLIB*$@N nyo…

    • Francis81

       Napansin ko lang…. si Pweenoy mukhang condom na ginamit ng tatlong beses HAHAHAHA!!!

  • bundee

    Dear Moderators,

    With due respect, why do you block my comments? Is INQ afraid of the truths? Is censorship the policy of your editorial board?  THANK YOU THEN!

  • bundee

    Can anybody enlighten me why my comments are blocked?

  • generalproblem

    why we need help from government just to have sex with a condom protection. if we want to screw anyone then we buy our own protection. this is becoming crazy. pati ba naman condom iaasa pa sa gobyerno. meron nga silang pambayad sa motel sa condom wala. ginagamit lang ito HIV issue na ito para sa RH bill. kaya tayong mga pinoy mahirap lagi tayong umaasa sa gobyerno natin.

    • henri_see

      Well said, general. Super thumbs up.
      May pang motel, pero walang pang condom. Right on.
      Tapos gobyerno at simbahan ang sisisihin pag nagka letse letse. he he.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      KASI RAW GOBYERNO AYAW MAMATAY ANG MARAMI TAO SA SAKIT NA AIDS SI CARNIVAL BISHOPS GUS2 RAW MAMATAY PARA DERETSO SA SIMBAHAN AT MIMISAHAN AT MABAS BASAN LAKAS NA NAMAN NG KITA NI CARNIVAL TAGLE NGISING DEMONYO!!!!

  • kilabot

    25% increase.
    it’s perversion that’s the culprit. anal_ysex employed by lgbts;
    defying the laws of nature always result in destruction;
    whether it is the environment or human anatomy;
    next, perverts will include beasts in their perversion;
    claiming it is love.

    lgbts should own responsibility to the plague and not wash their hands. wash their anus maybe.

    the triplets of perversion:
    1) rhbill;
    2) same-sex marriage;
    3) man-beast union.

    No to the triplets.

  • myHumbleOpinion12

    If poorer countries like India can provide free condoms to its people, why can’t the Philippines do the same???

    • bundee

       So you mean India’s poor has become richer and more dignified now?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XCVTR7UEL324INPXQGQV47V6HY Bewareiftheworldagreeswithyou

    It’s the behavior, stupid

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XCVTR7UEL324INPXQGQV47V6HY Bewareiftheworldagreeswithyou

    We need to think before doing something. Do you think before eating fatty foods? And you know fats are not good for you…you still eat it. Does the government have law to give us unlimited supply of medicines to drain the fats? No it doesn’t because gov knows that it’s the behavior………why can’t the gov deal HIV the same way?

  • nizgoda

    Tingin ko di yung price ng condom yung issue but sa pagbili ng condom. Dapat siguro vending machine na lang para walang makakaalam kung ano man ang pakay.

  • mangtom

    SocorroCollapseGrabe pati ba ang spread of HIV ay si GMA ang to blame. Actually everybody knows that MORAL degeneration is to blame.Sagut: Socorro, dapat sabihin mo sa mga idolo mong CBCP yan-MORAL degenaration is to blame para hindi sila magmolest ng mga sacristan o lalaking kabataan. That is a prime example of moral degeneration. Pero siguro, dahil selective ang pagaccuse mo ang mga lintik at bruhang pari ay exception sa iyo. Derpor, you belong to their class of moral degenerates. Enough of this hypocritical  sermonizing. People like do not swallow such crappy statements. Mind your own business. Clean up your nose first before you condemn the uhog in other people’s nose.

  • napali808

    The arrogant, know-it-all bishops should be liable and charge for being responsible for the people who contacted HIV/AID during Arroyo term.  The same cone heads still insist that condom is not the solution to this problem, but to abstain from sex is. Now they ask us to pray and fast so that the RH bill will fail. Unbelievable…we need a change in the church now.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PJY7TX7ULD7M7LCCKI3AZDARM Levi Velasco

      condom na papel kasi ang ginamit during arroyo natural tasbu yun. grabe talaga deception ni 666, binabaliktad anumang katotohanan para magmukhang banal. grabe lang takot ng mga pader na yan sa strawberry.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6PJY7TX7ULD7M7LCCKI3AZDARM Levi Velasco

    abstinence daw. kaya pag nagkaroon ng contest patagalan mag masturbate segurado mananalo si sexsexsex. ala kasi silbi mga ahas ng mga yan pang ihi lang.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3EWAM33FLS7BQEFYPE4MCIY3ZQ DANIEL

       anong pinagsasabi mo na pang ihi lang?ginagamit yan oi.may mga rapist, pedophiles,homos,babaero,molesters,nga eh.itanong mo sa mga sakristan.

  • Bengatibo

    Dapat pati ang pari bigyan nang condom, dadami ang lahi nila

    • nakatutok

      mas mabilis dumami ang mga beki..hindi naman sila nanganganak??…bakit nga ba DING at VOKKIN??

  • filipinaskoh

    PASS THE RH BILL!

    Give the POOR the chance of a BETTER LIFE!
    Give the MOTHER a chance to a HEALTHY LIFE!
    Give the CHILDREN a chance to live in a WELL CARED FAMILY.

    At higit sa lahat
    Give the IMMORAL the LEWD/INDECENT to live AT LEAST free from HIV diseases( ng sa ganoon hindi sila magkalat ng sakit at hindi maging sanhi ng peste)

    • boldyak

      everybody has the change to have a better life….just be responsible at self control…wag padala sa kamanyakan….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      TAMA KA JAN’ DI NAMAN LAHAT NG TAO AY PARING BANAL IMPOKRITO TAO LANG NALILIBUGAN SA GABI AT TINITIGASAN SI PADRE DAMASO TINITIGASAN DIN KAYA PAG SINABI D2 HINDI SINUNGALING KA”"”

  • jenny lim

    Grabe ang kapal!!! 

  • graciano82

    Providing free condom to be used indicates the condonation of the government towards illicit sex.  It’s like saying here is a free condom mister that you can used every time you have sex with prostitutes or dirty women so that you won’t acquire HIV. .Availability of free condoms is empowering and bolstering the libido of males so that they can indulge in illicit sex. But the bottom line of this health program is people’s fund that’s involved.

    This is an awkward gov’t program because instead of educating males to have clean sex as a measure to be rid of death threatening illness, the gov’t even encourages them to wallow in dirty sexual acts through the provision of free condoms thus, resulting in many instances to break up of marriages.

    Sex education and discipline should be the main focus of the gov’t relative to this matter at hand and not wastage of fund via allocating free condoms.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Don’t blame the government if you get HIV/AIDS.
    Blame yourself and your irresponsible behavior for engaging in unprotected sex. 

  • florence457

    A PROPAGANDA OF THE PROPONENTS AS A PRELUDE TO ACCEPTANCE OF RH BILL

    • Malik62

       RH Bill is  for the protection of BS Aquino X3. Since he could not control his promiscuity  he’d rather bring the HIV cases down, hence his chances of hitting a gir or boy with HIV will be lower.  The bad news is that distributing free condoms does not bring down HIV cases, in fact it increases HIV cases.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

        HAHAHHAHA” ISA PANG TANGA TIGA SIMBAHAN ITO LOOK THAILAND EXAMPLE NALANG BUMAMABA ANG AIDS SA BANSA NILA DATI LAGANAP MEDICAL SCIENCE IS A SULUTION ALAM KO KUNG BAKIT AYAW NI BISHOPS SA CONDOM WALA KASING MAMATAY HIHINA NEGOSYO WALA BINDISYUNAN”’ NGISING DEMONYO SI CARNIVAL TAGLE”

  • Mel Lopez

    I think the way the headline was phrased is problematic. It took me a while before I understood it. 

    While it could be the case that there was an increase in sexual activity over the years, the government must ensure that they are doing what they can to prevent the spread of STDs. They should provide not only condoms but also proper health education and facilities to every Filipino.

  • http://twitter.com/jefftrebbher Herbert Curia

    SIMPLE LANG ANG SOLUSYON DYAN SA STD NA YAN EDUKASYON AT RESPONSIBLE PARENTING AT RELIGIOUS BELIEF…HOW? PARENT MUST EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN TO ENTER SEXUAL REPRODUCTION IN MARRIAGE LIFE FOR SIBLINGS OR HAVING CHILD ALSO AND FOLLOW THE GODS TEACHING OF STOPPING SEXUAL URGES IN SEXUAL REPRODUCTION FOR NOT GETTING STD AND EARLY AND UNWANTED PREGNANCIES…….

    SEXUAL REPRODUCTION MUST BE IN MARRIAGE LIFE AND TO GOVERNMENT LET US NOT FOOL OUR SELVES AND THE PEOPLE LET US FACE THAT SEXUAL REPRODUCTION BETWEEN COUPLES ARE SAFE SEX WHICH YOU CAN NOT GET HIV FROM YOUR WIFE OR HUSBAND IF SEXUAL REPRODUCTION IS BETWEEN THE COUPLE……  

    THE SINGLE AND COUPLE COULD GET STD OUTSIDE MARRIAGE SEX….SO STOP SEXUAL URGES AS GOD SAYS IN THE BIBLE…

    HINDI KAILANGAN NA I-EXPLORE PA YANG PROBLEMANG YAN IN WIDE CONCEPTS WHICH IS NOW IS RH BILL 4244 WHICH CONDOM IS PART OF CONTRACEPTIVES AND STD AVOIDANCE IN HIV BY USING THAT CONTRACEPTIVES ” CONDOM”…

    HINDI KATWIRAN ANG HINDI NATIN KAYANG KONTROLIN ANG SEXUAL URGES NG TAO O PAKIKIPAGSEX NILA AT PINAGHAHANDAAN NA LANG AY ANG MGA GAGAMITIN PARA HINDI MAGKASAKIT GAYA NG CONDOM ABAY MALING KATWIRAN  YAN TINOTOLERATE MO ANG OUTSIDE MARRIAGE SEX NYAN…TOOK RESPONSIBILITY KUNG GUSTO MO NG SEX…ITINUTURO SA PAGAASAWA YANG RESPONSIBILITY….

    MADUSA KA NG HIV O STD KUNG HINDI MO MAPIGILAN ANG SARILI MO SA SEX AT MATUTO ANG TAO SA ARAL NA ITO SA MGA MAHIHILIG SA SEX SWERTE MO KUNG NAGAGAMOT PA YANG MAKUKUHA MONG STD  SA KAHILIGAN NYO ANG MAGAGAWA NG GOBYERNO DYAN AY ANG MODERNONG PUBLIC HOSPITAL PARA GAMUTIN MGA MAHIHILIG NA YAN KUNG HINDI KAYO PAPAARAL NG MATINO SA WASTONG EDUKASYON NG GOBYERNO TUNGKOL SA SEX AT LALO SA RELIHIYON AT MGA MAGULANG KAYA MAKINIG SA ARAL NG DIYOS NG HINDI MAGKA-HIV AT STD…….

    RH BILL 4244 MUST NOT BE PASSED AT HINDI PWEDENG ISABATAS PA YANG CONDOM NA YAN MAARING HNDI IPAGBAWAL PERO HINDI SILA KASAMA SA WASTONG EDUKASYON AT MALIBAN SA IBANG CONTRACEPTIVES AY IPAGBABAWAL DAPAT KAGAYA NG PILLS ETC ETC AT PWEDENG BIGYAN NG FREEDOM OF CHOICE DYAN ANG TAO SA PAMAMAGITAN NG HINDI LANG IPAGBWAL YANG CONDOM PERO ANG IREGULATE AT IDUKDUK SA FAMILY PLANNING AT AVOIDANCE OF STD AT SEXUAL REPRODUCTION EDUCATION ETC ETC AY MALI YAN AT SAKA SAAN BA PUPULUTIN SI CONDOM PAG HINDI IPINASA SI RH BILL 4244 IPAGBABAWAL NA BA ITO AT LAHAT NAMAN NG CONTRACEPTION NA ATING PINAGTATALUNAN SA RH BILL AY HINDI BAWAL DAPAT AY IPAGBAWAL DIN YAN HINDI ANG TUTULAN LANG IREGULATE SA FAMILY PLANNING YAN………….

    HINDI PINAGBABAWAL NG DIYOS ANG SEXUAL REPRODUCTION BASTA MAG-ASAWA KA AT MAGPAKARAMI KA PA NGA ANG TURO NG DIYOS HINDI KO NA KAILANGAN PANG IPAISIP SA INYO ANG SEXUAL NA MAGAGAWA NG MAG-ASAWA….

    GOD AND JESUS AND MOTHER MARY LIGHTS, LIGHTS AND MIRACLE BLESS AND LOVE YOU ALL…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      DI TALAGA MAPIPIGIL KUNG BAGA SA ULAM ADOBO ADOBO NALANG BA HABANG BUHAY GUS2 MO IBA NAMAN GANUN ANG MGA LALAKI SA PINAS TANGA UTAK BISHOP KA TALAGA”

  • Malik62

    In countries where condom is freely distributed HIV cases rose dramatically. It is because the government is sending a subtle message that it’s ok to be promiscuous.  Take for example the case of Thailand.

    • sked482

      HIV declined dramatically in Thailand when the condom policy was introduced. Check your facts.

      • Matira, M

        ows?? check your facts din
        “The HIV infection rate among MSMs has increased 11% between 1987 and 2011 and is continuing to rise, Narong Sahamethapat, permanent secretary for public health, said Saturday.He warned HIV-positive people in the MSM group also have a high risk of anal cancer.”A low level of CD4 [a type of immune cell which is targeted by the HIV virus] in some HIV-positive people will make it more easier for cancer cells to develop,” Dr Narong said.The Thai Red Cross tracked 174 MSM cases from Jan 2007 to April 2008 and found 118 men, or 67.8% contracted HIV. Forty per cent of those infected with HIV had also contracted the human papilloma virus, which is associated with anal cancer.According to the Public Health Ministry, Thailand records about 9,470 new cases of HIV infections a year, with 80% contracting the virus from having unsafe sex.” http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/324108/hiv-infection-rate-on-rise-among-gay-men

  • boldyak

    hindi ang pag hinto ng pamigay ng condom ang dahilan. ang pinakadahilan ay maruming pagtatalik….kamanyakan ng lipunan…

  • boldyak

    pianalabas angh item na ito para magpamigay ng condoms ang pamahalaan, at kikita na naman ang nasa pwesto….cater nyo ang kamanyakan ng lipunan….

  • henri_see

     ”In MSM cases, the NEC reported that 45 percent of those who were
    infected with HIV said condoms were “not available” at the time of
    infection”

    Translation:
    I was too h0rniy to run to the nearest convenience store to get one. Anyway, if I get infected, I’d just blame the bishops.

    And what does “reproductive health” have to do with gay sex? Gays don’t reproduce, though their number sure is increasing.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      CBCP BISHOPS KATOLIBAN SAY REPRODUCTION IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”

  • jerry_tan

    everything is just so wrong in this article! 

  • boybakal

    No more free condoms blamed for HIV cases rise….

    One way of combating Population Explosion.
    Natural Deterrence is better than Artificial Prevention like condoms.
    Question is…do you like to eat banana with Peeling(balat), of course not.
    You eat Banana with Feeling.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      CARNIVAL TAGLE SAY YES” TO LIFE REPRODUCTION IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”

  • wilms1963

    hahaha..bumili nga kayo ng sariling condom nyo..pati ba naman yan i-asa nyo pa sa tax ng taong-bayan…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      CARNIVAL TAGLE SAY YES’TO LIFE REPRODUCTION IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”’

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

    nakakapag-taka! kung ako ang pari, mas gusto ko na maipasa ang RH bill, makaka-pang rape na ako ng mga babae at hindi ako mabubuko!, makakapang-molestiya na ako ng mga bata at walang trace ng semen ko.

    at higit sa lahat LIBRE!!!! hindi na magagalaw ang mga milyong koleksyon ng simbahan ko.. aba! pwede ko ring pagkakitaan yan, hingi ako ng pondo sa gobyerno at sasabihin kong pambili ng condom para sa mga tao sa lugar ko, pero ibibili ko muna ng pang-regalo sa belyas ko sa bar na malapit sa simbahan ko.

  • nakatutok

    wala na bang ibang slant ng news article kundi SISIHIN ang previous admin??? ….sisihin nyo ang kamanyakan ng tao…..kaya ate Erica Tayag, mag gangnam style ka na lang..at bawas bawasan mo foundation sa mukha mo..para kang si VOKKIN…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    PATI SI BISHOPS BIGYAN NG CONDOM PARA DI MAGING IGNORANTE KALAT ANG AIDS” KASI KAYONG MGA PILIPINO BANAT BANAT MAG CONDOM KAYO NG DI KAYO MAKAHAWA SAKIT PATI MGA BLESING NINYO PAKALAT KALAT SA KALYE HUBO PA SA TAPAT PA NG SIMBAHAN” PA BILHAN MO KAY CARNIVAL TAGLE NG DAMIT STONE AGE KASI ITONG MGA PARI ITO AKALA NILA PANAHON PA NI CRISTO SUMASAKAY SA CAMEL MODERN NA TAYO NGAYON BISHOPS MEDICAL SCIENCE AY NAG SASABI NG TOTOO BASTA BISHOPS TALIBAN TERRORIST

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    SANA MAIPASA ANG R.H BILL MALAY MO MAGING NEW ZEALAND O SUWITZERLAND TAYO MAS MARAMI BAKA SA TAO KAYA WALANG PATAY GUTOM” SA PILIPINAS MAS MARAMI BATANG HUBO PALABOY KAY SA BAKA!! KAYA DAMI ISNATCHER!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    GALIT NA GALIT NIYAN ANG CBCP BISHOPS AT SI CARNIVAL TAGLE NAMIMIGAY NA NAMAN NG CONDOM KASI WALA MAMATAY SA SAKIT NA AIDS HIHINA NAMAN ANG NEGOSYO NILA WALA NA NAMAN MAG PAPABINDISYON PATAY SA SIMBAHAN” TALIBAN TERRORIST TALAGA KATOLIBAN”



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