Now with 7 Billion people in the world, the problems also grew like hunger, housing and most especially health. Though many sickness can be cured by medicines today, the HIV/AIDS epidemic remains the most alarming sickness that infects 6 people everyday in the country. And the complications that come with it gives the infected person agonizing pain and also rejection from society.

Now is the perfect time to spread the awareness about HIV/AIDS so that more people may get to know how it is transferred and how to prevent it. 

The Philippines is facing an alarming rise in HIV infection. Six new infections are recorded everyday, an exponential leap from the ‘low and slow’ character of the epidemic before 2007. There are also reports of undocumented HIV-related deaths, a manifestation of the invisibility of the epidemic and its impact. Evidence indicates that the increase is driven by the lack of awareness and appreciation of the risks of HIV infection due to unprotected sex, which is aggravated by fear and stigma that surround the virus and the people living with HIV and AIDS. 

The Red Whistle Campaign is a response to this alarming situation. The emerging trend shows that the current prevention programs are insufficient, and the communities affected by the epidemic must be mobilized into action to support initiatives that aim to stop the epidemic. 

The Red Whistle has three objectives: 1. raise awareness on the situation to encourage community action; 2. deliver safer sex messages designed to reach communities affected by the epidemic; and 3. help facilitate access or referral to HIV services, including HIV testing, treatment, and support services. 

The Red Whistle aims to empower and inspire people to come together and help each other in this battle against HIV and AIDS. We hope to reach our objectives through online and social media efforts, visual arts and rebranding through the red whistle. We hope to engage individuals and groups to HELP sound the alarm in their respective communities that HIV is here and that it must be stopped.

Currently they have produced a thousand red whistles which are being given out to individuals and organizations and at the same time getting their pledges and their commitments in our battle against HIV and AIDS. So far these whistles are becoming a trending item and are running out really fast.

We also see The Red Whistle campaign as a collaborative platform for artists/individuals/groups to come together and create new visuals and mediums that can be used as awareness campaign materials and to hopefully collaborate with brands to come up with items that can be in line with our campaign.

It is said to possibly reach a 500% increase in the present administration. Each red whistle reads "No more AIDS-Related deaths, Stop hiv spread now, together we can" 

The 5 pointers of The Red Whistle ASL-VC
(on each whistle you will see 5 dots that should remind you of these)

1. There is an ALARMING situation on HIV and AIDS... and we need you to help us sound an alarm. (6 new HIV cases are reported every day, and of these, 4 cases are among gays/MSM)
2. We should know our STATUS and that we need to take the test, it’s not a death sentence anymore.
3. Value life, LOVE life, love yourself (Let’s get rid of the “bahala na” culture, AIDS goes beyond death)
4. That we are all VULNERABLE, all of us can be at risk, we need to learn more about HIV prevention.
5. We need to make our COMMITMENTS now... by wearing this, you commit yourself to the battle/fight against HIV and AIDS (by doing the other four pointers)

For Voluntary Counseling and Testing:
+63917-58HIVRT / +63917-5844878

Wood Water Center for Healing (St. Camillus)
+63906-4720397 / +63929-7739008

AIDS Society of the Philippines ASP
(632) 376-2541 / 410-0204

02-5548400 local 3249

For Counseling and support

Pinoy Plus

Show your support to the Red Whistle in twitter with the hashtag #BlowHarder

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