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

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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

and

(ship). prices for HIV test­ing at pri­vate hos­pi­tals like st. luke’s med­i­cal cen­ter and med­i­cal city range from p1,000 to p1,500.

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