HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that damages a person’s immune system and weakens their ability to fight everyday infections and diseases. AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is the name used to describe a set of symptoms and illnesses that happen at the final stage of HIV infection when our immune system is severely damaged.
Just like the general population, seafarers are affected by HIV and AIDS. There is lots of help and information available.
- Find out about treatment and prevention here: itfseafarers.org/hivaids
- If you are in the Philippines, read about Positbong Marino Philippines, the local organisation for HIV/AIDS support here: maritimefairtrade.org/help-seafarers-living-hiv
You can contact Positibong on their Facebook page at: facebook/Positibong.MarinoPhil
- For advice on prevention of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, click here seafarerswelfare.org/stis-hiv-aids