The Batch Vertex of Cebu Institute of Medicine joins the fight against the HIV stigma, in hopes of bringing hope, spreading awareness and advocating life with a slogan FEEL NO SHAME, STOP THE BLAME.

FEEL NO SHAME. HIV/AIDS goes beyond personal concern; it is a social matter. It is a diagnosis; not a moral judgment.
STOP THE BLAME. In this world full of negativity, we cannot afford to be each other’s adversary. Together, HIV positive or not, let us start living in harmony and working towards a common goal: an HIV learned society, and a culture of responsibility.
– Batch Vertex

But first let us have a quick overview and understand about HIV

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus Disease or the HIV is the etiologic agent of AIDS and it belongs to the family of human retroviruses (Retroviridae) and the subjfamily of lentiviruses. It is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, specifically the CD4 cells (T helper cells) which help the immune system fight against infections. So if this is left untreated, there will be a reduction of CD4 cells in the body and will leave the person prone to infections or infection-related cancers.

So how does the HIV transmitted?

HIV is primarily transmitted by sexual contact, injection drug use, blood and blood products; and by infected mothers pt infants intrapartum, perinatally, or via breast milk.

1. Sexual Contact

This is the most common mode of infection, particularly in developing countries and that includes the Philippines. It can be in a heterosexual transmission or homosexual transmission (male-to-male). The virus appears to be concentrated in seminal fluid and vaginal fluid. So there is an elevated risk of transmission when you are unprotected sex.

2. Injection drug use

HIV can be transmitted to IDUs who are exposed to HIV while sharing injection paraphernalia such as needles and syringes.

3. Blood and Blood products

Although blood screening in blood donations is becoming universal, there are some resource-poor countries, HIV continues to be transmitted by blood and blood products due to inadequate screening.

4. Mother-to-Child Transmission

HIV infection can be transmitted from an infected mother to her fetus during pregnancy, during delivery, or by breast feeding. The transmission to the fetus occurs most commonly in the perinatal period. That is why it is important for the mothers to be tested (especially those who are at risk) so that she will be given a prophylactic antiretroviral therapy to suppress viral replication.

Breast feeding is another mode of transmission of HIV in developing countries, particularly where mothers continue to breast feed for prolonged periods.  The risk of infection is highest in the early months of breastfeeding.

HIV infection/AIDS is a global pandemic and in the country, Cebu City still has the highest HIV prevalence recorded in province for the first two months of 2016. The intravenous drug use is the top most mode of transmission and the sexual intercourse follows.

HIV infection is a diagnosis and not a moral judgement. The stereotyping, putting someone with the diagnosis in shame should be stopped. Don’t be an ignorant but be educated and help promote awareness to achieve the common goal of this fight against HIV stigma.

The Batch Vertex have pledged Php 50,000 and an additional 50% of the Student’s Night excess funds to their partner PhilCHAN (Philippine Catholic HIVAIDS Network), in hopes of lesseing HIV vertical transmission. The money will provide infant milk formulas to neonates born to HIV positive mothers.

So let us join the Batch Vertex in their advocacy!

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Marica, a 20-something lady who loves to explore new things in the world while juggling her life in the medical field.


  1. Society can be morally degrading since most of its constituents lack necessary knowledge with things such as HIV/AIDS. It's a sad thing but it's as widespread as HIV/AIDS – ignorance.

  2. Interesting cause. Having HIV is really tough and yes, a lot of people think that is mostly because of promiscuity. A lot of people are also not aware about the disease. I do not think a big chunk of sexually active male and females even consider having HIV testing. Hopefully your movement will somehow help in really raising the awareness on this condition. 😉

  3. Another great cause! It's nice that you guys are participating in promoting this kind of awareness. HIV AIDS, just like any other disease, shouldn't be a moral judgment. Other people's pain is not our pain so it's high time people stop judging.

  4. This is really an important cause. I had a friend who recently died because of AIDS. He was diagnosed with HIV years before but did not tell anyone about it nor asked for help because he was afraid of being misjudged. Haiist. Perhaps if he did, wala sguro to ni develop to AIDS. It's time that people stop the ignorance and misconceptions about HIV.

  5. When I was in high school, I attended a seminar about HIV/AIDS awareness. It helped me a lot especially since before that seminar, I thought that kissing someone who is HIV positive can affect you. I don't know anyone who is positive and hope it won't happen to someone I know, even to my enemies. This is really serious and glad I'm glad that your group is taking a stand on not judging anyone based from their sickness and focuses on what really matters.

  6. You have established that I have limited knowledge about HIV after reading your blog post. When some of my friends talk about HIV I don't even listen to it. I just don't know why, perhaps because there are considerations that I might have planted within me that made me not interested about HIV. Now that I fully understand what HIV means, why we should have HIV awareness and to evaluate the essence of being knowledgeable about it. Thank you so much for sharing about this one.

  7. Thank you for supporting on this cause close my heart. Let us continue to raise awareness and how to fight the stigma. We need to reach to more people and share to them about this advocacy. Good job!

  8. This is definitely a good and quite a significant cause. A lot of people need the help and would certainly benefit from not being looked down upon. I hope it gets the traction that it definitely deserves and help to further remove the stigma.

  9. We have also been educated about HIV since college and people should not be afraid to go near people with the said disease because it's not transmitted by mere skin contact alone. Instead, we should help them! Thanks for this post! 🙂

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

  10. This is really an amazing cause Marica. Kudos to CIM for doing such, and being involved to this campaign is really admirable. I was once a nursing student and we had several seminars and campaigns before about HIV Awareness, and its good to see that this still is being done from time to time.

  11. HIV is somewhat getting way out of hand. Survey says Cebu is one of the cities that's on the top of the list. Kudos to the people who got the idea of preading the awareness campaign.

  12. HIV still has a bit of stigma in our society, especially to those who doesn't know about it. We had HIV patients in Sotto and it was quite surprising for me to realize that they don't die because of HIV itself but because of the complications of their disease. First, you meet them with high hopes then soon enough, they're already gone. The hashtags are very appropriate and timely. Count me in with this campaign!


  13. Society must be strenghten to help raise the awareness about HIV. We can't deny that ignorance is also a widespread disease of the society that is why people are really good at stereotyping. It's really nice to know that you have a cause to raise the public cognizance.

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