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?
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.