19 Filipino workers in Hong Kong tested positive for HIV since 2013, according to the Hong Kong Department of Health.
Senior Programme Manager at the Hong Kong Aids Foundation, Johnny Li Choi Hing, said that the number of Filipino who had been tested positive with the said virus is “going down or become stable”.
There had been seven Filipino who has been tested positive in 2013, five in 2014, three in 2015 and four in 2016, according to Mr. Li
According to Li, “Some girls coming from the Philippines, they are more well-educated. They know if something is dangerous… (that) if I have a relationship with someone, you have to use a condom”.
Condom is a Must
The use of a condom is a must if you are going to engage in a sexual relationship with foreign men in Hong Kong.
“Some of our clients, they get infected in Hong Kong because they meet other guys coming from other countries. The guys would tell the girl, “Oh, we can get married and have a family and stay in Hong Kong, but then it turns out the guy is just a liar,” he said.
Those who are tested positive are being referred to the government clinics to get necessary medical treatment.
“A lot of the girls (who test positive) feel surprised. They don’t believe and say ‘No, I don’t think so. I just have a regular boyfriend. He just has a problem so he went back to his own country. He will come back to me,’” Li said.
For domestic workers who want to have themselves tested, the Hong Kong AIDS Foundation offers free and anonymous testing on Sundays. They can be reached at 2513-0513 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“They don’t have to show their Hong Kong ID and they can have the test results after 15 minutes,” Li said.
“If you get early treatment, it can be controlled very well. They will not die of this disease. But if they lose good treatment time, they face a serious health problem,” Li said. “Those infected with HIV still feel good (initially). They still walk around and so on. But five years later, their immune system is destroyed by virus.”