Monday, September 17, 2012

Advice to Filipino Seafarers: Take HIV Test

Filipino seamen specifically those with active sex life abroad are encouraged to have themselves tested for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The advice was given by a party list representative, Congressman Arnel Ty who said the HIV test is necessary to ensure the safety of their partners at home.

Rep. Arnel Ty said, in a news release, “It s not exactly a secret that many sailors are exceptionally vulnerable to HIV, owing to their easy access to commercial sex services overseas, plus they have the money to pay for it. e have reason to believe many of these HIV-positive OFWs may be sailors. “

The congressman mentioned the paid sex workers that usually board visiting ships in foreign ports. He also stressed that the medical examination is not required for Filipino seafarers who are returning to work for the same employer or shipping company.

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