Mag-ingat sa Katabi Mo! Baka May HIV Yan!!!

Call center agents more prone to HIV-AIDS.  Ang balitang ito ang pumukaw sa aking pansin nitong nakaraang araw.  Totoo kaya ito?  Nakakatakot palang magtrabaho sa call center.  Baka magka-AIDS ka!

According to an article in The Philippine Star:

Dr. Crisol Tabajero, Health Information and Research Coordinator of the DOH Region 7 said in forum yesterday that because of their environment and peer pressure, call center agents tend to involve in risky sexual behaviors.

She said that basing on a study conducted by the University of the Philippines Population Institute and the Department of Health, the result of the study is alarming but it is not surprising.

It was found that more call center workers have early penetrative premarital sex and have had sex with the same sex.

Well, I won’t argue with their findings.  If according to their study, more call center agents have early penetrative premarital sex, then I’ll accept those facts.  But is their conclusion correct?  That because of these facts, working in a call center makes one more prone to HIV/AIDS?

That’s where I have to disagree.  I believe that the risk of call center agents contracting HIV/AIDS is about the same as anywhere else (well, except you’re a prostitute).  I believe that one’s sexual preference and activities does not stem from working in a call center.  I agree that the “call center lifestyle” is not that healthy, but it should not be solely blamed for the increase in the number of people who contracted HIV.

You also can’t blame peer pressure.  Yes, peer pressure is a factor, but I believe that it’s the same everywhere.  In schools, in government offices, even in your own neighborhood, there is peer pressure.

What about those stories about wild sex parties?  Yes, sometimes they do happen.  But are those activities happening because those people are working in a call center?  What makes these people do those sort of things?  More importantly, what are the things that influence their sexual behavior?  Is it because they are working in a call center?  Me think not.

Let’s not forget that there are lots of factors that affects one’s sexual behavior, not just the place where they are working.  There’s family, friends, religious beliefs (or lack of), and of course, the ever present Mass Media.  I’m sure that those people engaging in “risky” sexual acts will still do the same thing even if they are working in a different industy.

But, the fact still remains.  The number of call center agents who has HIV/AIDS is increasing.  In this, I agree with the study’s recommendations.  Maybe there is something the call center industry can do for their employees.  Sex Education seminars, perhaps?

Siyempre, mahalaga pa rin ang kalusugan ng mga call center agents.

Ikaw, may HIV ka ba?

——-Addendum——–
maelfatalis correctly  pointed out that the data they have collected may be incomplete.  Usually call center agents have HMOs, that’s why the DOH can easily track down how many people have HIV/AIDS.  What about those people in other industries that don’t have the same benefit?

Marami diyan hindi naman nagpapacheck-up.  Tinitiis at tinatago lang kung may nararamdaman.  Paano malalaman ng DOH ang talagang bilang ng mga taong may HIV/AIDS sa ibang industriya kung hindi naman pumupunta sa doktor ang mga ito?

Palagay ko meron pang mas maraming may HIV diyan sa tabi-tabi.

Thanks maelfatalis!

18 thoughts on “Mag-ingat sa Katabi Mo! Baka May HIV Yan!!!

  1. That is so true, the DOH should not state in the public subjective statements specifically HIV/AIDS issues because we could be branded as HIV infected individuals. There could be a predjudgment to our job that may affect our personal lives..

  2. alam mo, sabi ng katrabaho ko, kaya lang nman nila natratrack na marami ang may hiv sa industriya natin kasi may HMO tayo e.

  3. kaya lang cguro naaapektuhan tau kc ung mga prosti na nagkalat at naghahatak ng agents kc mei pera sila compared dun sa mga nanggagaling sa beerhauz… =p

  4. hmm another interesting topic… galing talaga ng pamangkin ko ah…ano naman ang reaction ng mga call centre employees? marami bang tinamaan? kung meron man, that means talamak nga dyan…. pero eto naman ang take ko dyan…
    Bakit i pinpoint ang callcentre? ano na ba ang statistics? in my viewpoint, AIDS/HIV infected individuals are widely spread – di mo lang alam kung saan saan.
    kung ang statistics eh super taas sa call centre, eh siguro depende na yan how discreet they are in their sexual escapades… ang mahirap kasi siguro hindi sila maingat! you’ll never know if a person is infected just by looking at him/her, what you have to do is to know the person first, his/her background, a lot of observation about his/her general activities.
    Nowadays, wala eh, basta na lang nag init ang isang guy/girl, di na nag iisip kung ano ang pwedeng maging effect in the long run. kaya dyan sa call centres, dahil ubos na ang time ng mga ppl to meet up or know someone, kung sino na lang ung available siguro kaya lalo tuloy napapahamak.
    mag-isip kau mga iho iha…. !!!! wag kapusukan ang pairalin,baka kung san lang kau pulutin!…
    But just a piece of advice, remember that AIDS/HIV infected individuals have feelings too, so don’t step on their heads and pin them to the ground. It might be their fault being infected, or might not be. Huwag silang pandirihan kasi hindi naman yan nakakahawa kapag kinausap ka. or mag shake hands, unless meron syang open wound .. BE CAREFUL, BE DISCREET, BE AWARE, BE KNOWLEDGEABLE AND MOST OF ALL, BE KIND …. NO ONE CAN JUDGE A MAN, ONLY GOD CAN….

    • siyempre violent reaction. yun nga ang problema. kompleto ba ang datos nila? eh madami diyan hindi naman nagpapacheckup at sinisikret na lang kung meron sila HIV. kaya mali yung conclusion nila na mas prone ang isang taong nagtatrabaho sa call center sa HIV.

      oks ba? marami pa akong topic na ipopost!

      • oo nga eh tama ka pamangkin… siguro mas marami lang ang nakita nila infected sa call centre kaya parang they generalized it… dyos me, ano ba namang study yan parang sarap sila batukan ano… pero in any case dapat talaga i check ang health, every year… nung nasa Dubai pa ako alam mo bang every year bago i renew ang visa eh blood test muna, pag infected ka deported ka talaga…. so dapat ganyan din dyan… dito naman sa australia walang discrimination, pag nakita nila na may AIDS/HIV ang isang tao total privacy talaga protected ang isang tao tinutulungan nila para magamot at hindi nila niri ridicule …. iba iba talaga takbo ng utak ng tao eh…. but in totality – their conclusion is super mali…. kahit saang lupalop ka pa nandun meron 1 – 10 infected…. so they shouldn’t centre this survey/study sa call centres….

        sige pamangkin damihan mo pa at nag eenjoy ako sa topics mo.. good job!!!

  5. to be fair at para malaman din talaga kung gaano na kataas ang percentage ng may sakit sa bansa natin at ng maka tulong naman ang gobyerno (ng hindi puro puna lang kayo!) mag conduct din ng mga test/study sa iba’t-iba pang industries. sa government companies naman kaya; kaso baka walang budget para mapa check-up lahat ng employees… hmmmmm.

  6. walang kinalaman ang trabaho sa pagdami ng taong positibo sa HIV, hinde ko nga digs ung punto na kelangan pang iempasize na “call center agent” gayong alam naman naten na laganap to sa lahat. naghahanap lang ang gobyerno ng ibang maibabalita bukod sa politika.

    its not surprising if susunod na maibabalita ang pagdami ng mga politikong nagkaka cancer sa bulsa.

  7. Well my take on this is that don’t believe everything you see and hear in the news. I can honestly say that this sort of buzz was instigated by channel 7 and I dare say that sometimes when the news gets delivered by Mike Enriquez it has a hint of being an alarmist to create some sort of a buzz(real shame when the news gets delivered that way). Going back to the topic please do not forget you wont contract AIDS just by sitting beside a person who has it you’d have to be a total moron to believe that(honestly ang daming nagkalat na tanga sa paligid natin kahit na naka-pustura) you won’t get AIDS even if you hug someone afflicted by it. You’d get by…having a blood transfusion, sharing a needle if you’re a herion addict(then got to Amsterdam) and having unsafe sex(so don’t lick it just prick it)

    Kakainis na yan 24-Oras na yan nagiging sensationalist na biruin nyo i-ba-banner “lumalaganap na ang AIDS among call-center agents daw tapos yung case study nila yung anak ni Peque Gallaga who was a totally different line of work from the rest of us who happens to have contracted AIDS through unsafe sex because he had a habit of visiting chatrooms then meeting a prospect right after. Sir Mike Enriquez would stop from sounding like an alarmist when doing the news you’ve been doing that monotone delivery for such a long time and the novelty has worn off it’s really getting old. Excuse me po.

    • wow! master don! long time no hear!!! kamusta na? Call center manager ka na ba?

      galit na galit ang comment mo ah. bakit? napagkamalan ka bang may AIDS?
      joke!!!

      tnx nga pala sa visit at comment!!!

  8. Aids isn’t contagious. This shouldn’t really worry us call center agents much, unless you’re sexually active or are a drug-user who share needles with your groupie.

    About the media seeing that call center agents are sexually promiscuous, well, there might some truth in there but in my experience, I don’t really see it.

    My take on this, take the necessary precautions, specially if your sexually active or are into risky behaviors. If you have aids, please do what’s necessary, don’t spread it.

    Media will always sensationalize things, that’s how they get ratings. Just keep your healthy skepticism intact.

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