Quezon City Young Key Population Program

Young Key Population
Based on the 2010 Census, there are 277,131 males and females between 15 to 19 years old in Quezon City (QC), comprising 10% of the city’s total population. However, data from the 2015 Integrated HIV Behavioral and Serologic Surveillance (IHBSS) show that this valuable age group is at risk for HIV infection.
Our efforts, together with local and national partners, to provide HIV services to key affected populations have demonstrated positive impact. in the 2015 IHBSS results, showed that there is plateauing HIV prevalence among Males who have Sex with Males (MSM) 20 years old and above who practice anal sex. However, HIV prevalence is increasing among young MSM between 15 to 19 years old who practice anal sex.
This is also true in the HIV/AIDS & ART Registry of the Philippines (HARP) which reflects an increasing number of people from Quezon City aged 15 to 19 years old, being diagnosed with HIV.
In addition, that HIV risk start when key affected populations are still minors, yet practice of protective behaviors start later. Among MSM, the median age of first sex is 16 years old but condom use only start at 18 years old.
In a self-risk assessment conducted among grade 8 students in 4 High School in Quezon City revealed that 3% (111) among the more than 4 thousand students who participated in the assessment had sexual risk behaviour. And almost half have not though of using condom. Multiple sex partner, substance and alcohol abuse, and sex work are among compounding risk behaviours.
With this situation presented to the Mayor, the marching order is to improve current HIV education in all public schools in Quezon City. An HIV intervention framework for young people in QC was done. This resulted in development of a Reference Material for HIV, AIDS and STI for High School students in Quezon City. And on June 2016, the Local Health Board unanimously approved through a resolution the pilot testing of these reference material in Batasan High School, Commonwealth High School, Culiat High School and Ramon Magsaysay High School.
The pilot implementation was successfully done last August 2016. The result had increase knowledge of students on HIV prevention form 48% to 68%. Because of this the Mayor and the local health board decided on full implantation in all 46 High Schools in Quezon City by June 2017. With this decision is the approval of the budget needed for the implementation.