Project Headshot Clinic: COMMIT - Take the Test! I just did!

Monday, November 21, 2011

There are causes that I believe in and this is one of them. Have you ever got tested for HIV? Do you know people who actually have it? Would you go through all the drama of getting tested? Do you know what AIDS is? How do you get it? Are you REALLY safe? You probably would answer NO to most of these questions and don't even know who has it. Truth is, you will never know who has HIV because you can never tell just by looking at the person.

Stolen shot of Celebrity Photographer cum activist Niccolo Cosme. He and his team has been working so hard with the Government sectors and Non Governmental Organizations to put up things like The Red Whistle Project - Project Headshot Clinic (to use his talent in Photography), to blow harder and get the cause to be known because the HIV/AIDS rate is alarming already in this country.

He told me a couple of months ago that you wouldn't really know about it until one of your closest friends (like he did) actually have it. That IT IS REAL. He COMMITS to wage war against HIV/AIDS now to prevent the spread of the disease and warn everyone who think this is nothing to be worried about.

What if you know someone who has it? What if you had it? Do you even know the risks involved in unprotected S*X? Those are some of the questions I got answered this weekend. You should take an active role in educating yourself and your loved ones about this disease because it is alarming. Did you even know that an average of 8 people everyday are getting it in the Philippines? Yes, just imagine how much people get it in a month, in a year, in a decade. This alarming rate is not a hoax, nor is it just made to scare you. This is the truth. What's worse is that this would even only account those who would only get through registered cases with the government. What about those who chose to stay in anonymity? What about those who don't even know that they have it? Imagine how much more would get it if they continue to do it with other partners, even their loved ones. How can you just stand there and wait for this to spread!? What would you do to help!?

I'm a single guy, but yeah being single doesn't actually exempt me from actually be in danger of acquiring this virus. I date a lot and together with those dates are some things in between if you know what I mean. This includes weather you are the one doing or receiving the act. That means that it's the same with anyone, its the same with YOU too. Even people who are married get this. Unfortunately, even kids can get it. I'm not here to scare you or anything but it can happen to anyone, any place, anytime!

If you have an active S*X life and go through times where you forget to wear a condom and just go commando on anyone; then you are at HIGH RISK of getting HIV. To make the long story short; I didn't know how this test works in order for me to educate people. So I gladly went through the process of doing it for the benefit of those who are afraid to do it. It's actually quite easy but make sure you never skip any details... it can save your life after all.

Education Versus HIV and AIDS

Before we started talking about the stats, most of us guys probably know how to use a condom right? But what about girls? In our society why does it seem to be so taboo to even talk about it. That's the part the I really hate. This should be taught to us by our folks, or maybe anatomy class or maybe catechism. Adults should gauge the right time to discuss the birds and the bees with their children. They educated us the proper way to do it and also got some tips on how to keep the condom stocks replenished/refreshed so you're sure the lubricant's enough, no holes on it either.

For more information about health seminars/Education about fighting HIV/AIDS check out For those who would want to get tested and keep it confidential, you can simply call +639175844878 and +639998844878. Rest assured these people can help you.

Take the Test

Of course I don't just want to tell you these things without going through it myself. Since I have no particular way of knowing how this would go for those who are afraid of taking the test, it would be more educational to actually be involved in it. I know I don't have the virus, well that's what I know. You probably have the same predicament too, but ARE YOU REALLY SURE?!


Part of the test is a really thorough briefing. You muse answer a set of questions truthfully and have to go through a series of interviews to be tested. You have to be READY to accept what the results are. Yes, they have actually seen some come out having the virus in random tests. During the Holy Week period in Puerto Galera, out of a 100+ people who went through the simple test, 24 actually came out positive. They referred them to proper hospitals and agencies who can help them live a normal life. Some of them are helping in the cause too. These people are quite noble. They help other people in getting informed about the cause and the virus. Bodily Fluids through intercourse, Blood Transfusion and heredity can get you infected. To be EDUCATED about the infection and KNOWING the ways of preventing it would be a great start to fight this. Taking the Test is next!

Taking The Test!

I just had an executive checkup a couple of days ago (hence the bruise on my arm due to hematoma) so I was a bit hesitant at first to actually get tested. There might be some rules against it or something, I was afraid about too much blood or lard they're getting out of me! Nyahah! But they said it wouldn't be a whole liter that they need to do this so we proceeded to get blood samples. It was about a test tube much like the normal ones they have for blood tests. Then after that they left a few drops and put it on this contraption below.

This is the kit. It's 99.9% accurate. The digital one is 100% accurate. If you see the blood they got from me they got some of it on that small hole on the front. Then it oozed out of the strip. Once it got out there we had to wait for 15 minutes. After that they showed it to me and I saw a red line on the part where it says "C", they said I was "NR" or Non-reactive. It means that I'm 100% free of the virus. Filipinos/Asians if found positive would usually get a line on number 1 which means HIV 1. Some European countries or in the US would get HIV 2. Aside from the fact that I knew I didn't have HIV, I was more glad that I GOT TESTED. Now who says that was hard?! Make sure you call the numbers I posted above and get tested, it's easy fast and kept VERY confidential. Call them, they can help.

It's not about the result, it's about getting tested! Make sure you do your part and take the test!

For those who would like to volunteer and help spreading the information call +639175844878 and +639998844878. They've got certifications for those who would like to do undergo training to educate even more people. You can be part of the third batch on December 4, 2011.

If you've got friends who need help, who needs to get tested make sure you refer them to the numbers I mentioned above. It's one thing to make them realize that there are people out there who would genuinely go all out of their way to help another human being. Thank you so much to the people behind The Red Whistle, Take the Test, Project Headshot Clinic and its sponsors. Without your help this wouldn't have been possible and free!

Take the Test! You owe it to yourself!




ruthilicious said...

Nice shots you got there John! :)

KUMAGCOW said...

Thanks Ruth, that means a lot :) I hope the story is equally compelling heheheh