First line of defense: NYC chief Aiza Seguerra urges parents to inform children on dangers of HIV/AIDS
With HIV/AIDS now a growing health threat, National Youth Commission (NYC) chair Aiza Seguerra has called on parents, to act as the first line of defense, and educate their children on the dangers of the disease and how to protect themselves from being infected.
”We know that this is happening because we’ve been young once. We are aware that risky behavior is happening now (among the youth), so what are we (parents) going to do? Please teach kids, especially the boys, to use condoms… While the teachers can teach them in school, it will be a great help if awareness on it starts at home,” she stressed.
Seguerra made the appeal as recent data show that among youths aged 15 years to 24 years, 10,279 HIV cases have been registered since 1984, with 9,066 cases recorded in 2011 alone.
The former movie and television child star, television host and singer, who has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as NYC chief, noted that reluctance or embarrassment on the part of parents would result in children getting misleading information or searching for information elsewhere, usually the Internet or their peers who know no better.
She said that parents should accept the fact that there is the possibility that one day, their children could acquire HIV-AIDS, hence the need for them to teach their kids early.
Seguerra also appealed to parents to teach their kids not to stigmatize those who have HIV/AIDS and their families, and instead extend them support and understanding.
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