Tin-tin* was 26 and working in Hong kong when she met her boyfriend, andrew*. t hey had been dating exclusively for more than four years when a family problem brought her back home to the philippines. Here, she found out that not only was she unexpectedly
tin-tin, now 40, is raising her child on her own and is active in HIV advocacy work, particularly in creating better awareness of HIV among women. “we think that as women, we won’t get infected. but that’s not true, just look at me.” t he Joint united nations programme on HIV/AIDS, or unaids, estimates that 50 million women are at risk for HIV infection through intimate partner transmission. women are mostly infected by HIV not because of their own sexual behavior but because their boyfriends or husbands engage in unsafe behavior like buying sex or injecting drugs. according to the report, more than 90% of the 1.7 million women living with HIV in asia acquired the virus from their husbands or from their boyfriends while in long-term relationships.
If you suspect that your partner has been sleeping around, notice any unusual vaginal discharge, or just want to check your status, consider getting an HIV test. free and anonymous testing and counseling is available at testing clinics like
(ship). prices for HIV testing at private hospitals like st. luke’s medical center and medical city range from p1,000 to p1,500.