HomeKAYÂ TAOvol. 12 no. 1 (1993)

An Assessment of the Current Aids Education Program in the Philippines

Trinidad S. Osteria

Discipline: Education, Medicine



In the '80s, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome with its causative Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HlV) became a major health problem on a global scale. It has been projected that at least 5 million new AIDS cases will be expected in the 1990s. However, statistics on HIV infection have not been determined accurately. As many as 10 million may be infected with AIDS but have not yet developed it since prevalence is determined from blood examinations performed in a non-random manner. The mode of transmission is largely behavioral (sexual and drug abuse), so AIDS education is confronting an unprecedented challenge in behavior modification which is a complex process of information obtained, creation of social support, and delivery of services and supplies (Population Reports 1989).