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A friend of mine emailed me this article from the Philippine Star. Truly shocking...

10 call center workers found HIV-positive

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ten people “with a history of working in call centers” tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) since January this year, an official from the Philippine National Aids Council (PNAC) said yesterday.

But in a telephone interview, PNAC advocacy and education officer Dr. Susan Gregorio noted that call center agents should not be generalized as having risky sexual behaviour because of the findings.

“It just so happened that they were tested for HIV because they were applying for work abroad. There are countries that require HIV testing. They should not be discriminated. Maybe if we test the rest of the population, people from other sectors will also test positive for HIV,” she said.

Since 1984, the Department of Health’s National Epidemiology Center ((DOH-NEC) had recorded a total of 3,153 HIV and full-blown acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases.

A significant number of them involved overseas Filipino workers, particularly seafarers, who also have to undergo HIV testing as a requirement for overseas employment.

The DOH learned about the 10 new HIV cases after the clinics where they were tested reported to NEC’s HIV/AIDS Registry.

Gregorio noted that it was not known how the 10 people contracted HIV.

A source claimed that the “erratic schedule” and the good salary given to call center agents give them the opportunity to engage in “unhealthy sexual practices.”

“Most of them are young and they are in the aggressive stage of their life. Maybe some of them are under stress and they consider sex as a relaxing activity. The findings indicate that the pattern (of HIV infection) is changing. It’s now in the general population,” the source added.

The country’s anti-HIV/AIDS campaign used to be directed at commercial sex workers, men who are having sex with men and intravenous drug users. But a few years ago, the focus shifted to the “general population” amid reports that many OFWs were contracting the AIDS virus.

The government had intensified its awareness campaign about HIV/AIDS to control its spread in the general population.

According to Dr. Yolanda Oliveros, director of the DOH’s National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the NEC is now conducting a survey on the lifestyle of call center agents because of concerns over their health.

Oliveros said the initial results of the survey showed that call center agents are prone to develop hypertension and diabetes primarily because of smoking, a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet.

Oliveros admitted the survey also revealed that some call center agents have “sexually transmitted infections (STI)” prompting the NEC is looking into their sexual practices.

HIV/AIDS is a type of STI although it can also be acquired through transfusion of contaminated blood, injecting drug use or passed on from an infected mother to the child in the womb.

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You can find the original article here: http://www.philstar.com/archives.php?&aid=2008051982&type=2&

Posted by callboi 11:59 Archived in Philippines Tagged gay_travel

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OMG talaga!

by NYBadette

ang mura mura kaya ng condom...

by playboi

discrimination naman na igeneralize na call center agents are promiscuous... leche ang sumulat ng star article... parang di sila makati ah

by ava

Sinasabi ko na nga ba, nasa Makati na si Tita Aida! Si Tita Aida na taga Idaho. Lagot tayong mga bakla, ay... kayo lang pala...

by parteeboi

Ikaw, parteeboi, ikaw ang lagot! hahahaha!

by callboi

Bookie... scary!!!
It's everywhere!!!
Do you remember that conversation we had sa pantry?!

by aubreybaby

All of a sudden, i remember this email I received from the company nurse, ang subject ng email "APE 2008 | With Findings". Talagang with findings? That was actually the first time I received an email like that! Shet, kinabahan ako, una kong naisip, may HIV ba ako? May AIDS? Shet talaga, buong araw ako di mapakali! I have to admit that I'm sexually active, most often than not, I don't use protection, kasi syempre, mas masarap pag walang proteksyon. I must admit na sexually active ako before, ibat ibang tao everyday... Kaya when I received that email, halos gumuho ang mundo ko! Buti na lang when I visited the clinic and ask our company physician kung ano ba talaga ang sakit ko, halos magtatatalon ako sa tuwa nung sinabi nya na "pre-hypertensive" daw ako. Shet ok na un!!!!! Mas ok kesa sa malaman kong may STD ako or worse, HIV. Pakshet! Kainis talaga ung company nurse na nagsend sakin ng email! Yeah, ung article sa taas, it's mejo true sakin, I made sex as a stress reliever, lalo na pagoff ko talaga from work, go lang sa sex... There, just to share.

by kulutero

i dont think it should be labelled on us. i mean, if agents do use sex as a stress reliever, regardless na pang sales lady sa sm ang sweldo natin, i think we can afford condoms, right? i just didnt use one this one time and nine months later, lumabas ang effect heheheheh

by angeleyes

nakakaloka ang article na ito hehehehehe :)

by missindia

Freeky

by angging

kaya... mangulot ka nalang muna kulutero ha... hehehe

by parteeboi

Tanga ka Callboi... I'm good! Alam mo yan!

by parteeboi

parteeboi bakla ka ba? kaw na lang mangulot, panget kasi kung sasabihin kong magparty ka na lang, parang di bagay sayo. hehehe

by kulutero

apparently, it's what our names suggest. i don't know exactly if it is in any way, unfortunately for you. peace kulutero!

by parteeboi

kulutero, kulutero ako when i sing, i hope get mo.

by kulutero

Tanga ka Callboi... I'm good! Alam mo yan!11.06.2008 by parteeboi
talaga lang ha... magaling ka? san ka magaling ha parteeboi? wahaha. wag mo nga ako maloko. ay oo nga, alala ko, saftey ka parati. sana safety ka pa rin ngayon!

by crownqueer

do i know you crownqueer?

by parteeboi

parteeboi honey, knowing me knowing you! its not my problem anymore, its your problem anymore...
mwah!

by crownqueer

ejejeje wag nman puh kau mag away.... :)

by Mischealle

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