…there’s still a lot to be done, particularly with the stigma that comes with being HIV-positive, the fear that comes with getting tested (and possibly being outed) and the myriad misconceptions about how HIV is acquired and spread. Also consider that we’re just talking about reported cases—there are still countless more youths and adults who may be contributing to the running tally unknowingly.
These are the people and issues targeted by The Red Whistle, an organization co-founded in 2011 by photographer and artist Niccolo Cosme. “[The Red Whistle] was created because of the situation during that time, na maraming namamatay,” he said. “So we thought we needed a stronger campaign.”
Profiled The Red Whistle for 2nd Opinion‘s anniversary issue (September 2015). HIV/AIDS is our problem — it’s not just for those in the LGBTQI community, in the sex and medical industries, etc. It covers all age groups, social and labor sectors, and gender identities. Each and every person should be made aware, and get tested now. If positive, get on ART now. Now, now, now.