Sunday, April 15, 2012

CDO Journalists violated AIDS Law of the Philippines

Remember the issue of a male nurse who died of AIDS in Cagayan de Oro?  Journalists who reported this story are now in trouble.  Under Republic Act 8504 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998, it states that a person with HIV is guaranteed the right to privacy.  In short, you are not supposed to give any information whatsoever about that person, even hints or clues to his identity.

Tingog CDO, a gay group advocating against HIV AIDS in Cagayan de Oro lodged a complaint against these media practitioners who in their radio station wanted to expose the name and whereabouts of the person. If you expose these people in public, it would put fear among people with HIV AIDS and prevent them from seeking help instead.

This situation only showed us that homosexuals in Cagayan de Oro and in the Philippines for that matter are tolerated but not totally accepted.  Someone even posted a comment in Sunstar website that Tingog CDO are mere faggots and these media practitioners should do their job in exposing these people.

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