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TUCP pushes for HIV and AIDS prevention at the workplace

Davao City (23 March) -- TUCP appreciated the "will power" of Secretary Cabral to face the HIV and AIDS issue head on despite strong opposition from religious blocks on the promotion of condom usage.

"Workplace programs should have been instituted since the enactment of Republic Act 8504 which specifically orders establishments to implement HIV and AIDS programs and policies. This has been the standing advocacy of the labor center," TUCP said in a statement.

The negative impact of HIV and AIDS epidemic could be prevented, TUCP said, if workers have the correct and accurate information about the virus and its prevention as well as access to services and commodities.

"As support to the government program, as early as 1998, we have been providing education and health services to our members such as giving out condoms, teaching them safer sex practices, in short educating them. Workers in particular and Filipinos in general and will benefit if sustainable workplace HIV and AIDS programs are in place," TUCP said.

The call center industry has been highlighted with reports indicating a number of cases of newly diagnosed with HIV infections. TUCP expressed concerned over the stigma and discrimination that this has created to the industry as a whole.

"Working in a call center does not automatically mean that you can get HIV. It is the risky behavior that individuals engage in, such as having unprotected sex, use infected syringes by drug users, etc. These make individuals vulnerable to contracting the virus," TUCP clarified. (PIA) [top]

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