#HealthXPH is proud to welcome Dr. Kate Leyritana as guest moderator for its tweet chat on June 14, 9 pm PHT. Nowadays, the average
#HealthXPH is proud to welcome Dr. Kate Leyritana as guest moderator for its tweet chat on June 14, 9 pm PHT.
At present, one new HIV case is diagnosed every 1.5 hours. This puts the Philippines with 8 other countries whose HIV cases are rising, in contrast to the rest of the world wherein new cases are now on a downward trend. Filipinos are prolific socialmedia users, with our very own city of Makati recognized as the selfie capital of the world. Ironically, it is also from these same social media sites that false notions about HIV and AIDS are spread, further contributing to the already existing stigma surrounding the disease. The power of social media in accurate information dissemination cannot be over emphasized. We can use this influence to correct misnomers, remove the stigma, and get appropriate facts and support for people living with HIV (PLHIV). There are several members of the PLHIV community that are active online, and are each their own support system. These are untapped resources of knowledge and encouragement that may be harnessed from collaborative efforts of physicians, policy makers, patients and loved ones, so that other newly diagnosed PLHIV can get correct information, as well as much needed support in dealing with their diagnosis.
- T1: How helpful are the social media sites in disseminating correct information about HIV and where to get medical help or social support once diagnosed?
- T2: What can we do to improve the dissemination of information, provision of support and reduction of stigma/discrimination in the online community?
- T3: How can online discussions translate to policy making/change focused on HIV prevention, de-stigmatization and improvement in fair health care for HIV patients overall?