With flowers come condoms, too

In time for Valentine’s Day, the Department of Health (DOH) is giving away condoms Saturday to adult customers at the Dangwa Flower Market in Manila as part of its “Ingat Lagi, My Valentine” campaign.

“It’s Valentine’s Day, so more of them will be symbolically showing their love by giving flowers, so minabuti na rin naming magbigay na ng impormasyon tungkol sa HIV/AIDS (We thought to also give them information about HIV/AIDS),” said DOH’s Dr. Eric Tayag on Saturday.

“We have observed an increase in HIV/AIDS, especially among the youth in Metro Manila. We want to make sure that options are open to them,” explained Tayag.

At the end of 2008, the DOH recorded 528 HIV cases in the country, 110 of which are from young people aged 15-24.

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