The official blog of The Project Red Ribbon Care Management Foundation, Inc. (TRR).


    TRR Love Fund is the arm of the foundation which provides medical assistance to the financially challenged PLHIV.

  • Care assistance for HIV Test

    The Care Assistant Program involves assistance to HIV testing and HIV and AIDS Treatment hubs in the Philippines. Our volunteers schedule the client to the clinic or hub, assist with the procedure in the clinic or hub and conduct peer counseling


    With the TRR Hotline Numbers, our volunteers answer concerns and inquiries about HIV and AIDS, do counselling, refers clients to nearest HIV Testing facility, HIV and AIDS Treatment Hub and government and NGO organizations for support


    The foundation volunteers conduct one-on-one counseling either on the phone or in person. They also conduct group counseling


    The support group talk (SGT) is a program that involves giving HIV lectures by guest speakers, discuss topics about HIV, care, treatment and support, discussion issues related to HIV


    The foundation's outreach program is geared towards providing support to our fellow PLHIV's in the HIV and AIDS Treatment Hubs. Volunteers hand out of donations of medicines and special gifts to PLHIV, give inspirational talks by invited guests to a group of PLHIV, bonding over snacks or meal, visit the sick who are confined in the hospital

  • Referral System

    As part of treatment, the foundation's referral program involves our volunteers referring clients to specialized doctors who are HIV friendly. The foundation has it's own list of specialty doctors of low cost for the indigent PLHIV.

  • Online Support Group

    The foundation has a private Online Support Group in facebook. This group of advocates, supporters, counselors, health Workers and PLHIV

  • Home Health

    Aside from client counselling, the foundation volunteers also do family counselling and home visitation for awareness and continuance of care.

  • Health Fitness

    The foundation believes in holistic approach to treatment and care, thus inclusion of these programs: yoga, dance, swimming, jogging and running, boot camp workouts


    As part of awareness and education program, the foundation organizes its own national events to coincide with the international AIDS events: World AIDS Day and International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

Friday, November 30, 2012

World AIDS Day: What It Means to Me

"My  32 year old son is a testament to living with a dreadful disease. However, he has proven to all of us that  he can still live his life to the fullest, even though he has HIV.

World AIDS Day to me is a sharing of successes, of celebration of life"

Mother of a PLHIV

World AIDS Day: What It Means to Me

"World AIDS day is our day of emancipation. The day that we free ourselves from the stigma and correct the myths regarding AIDS.
Since this is the first time I'm going to celebrate the World AIDS Day as a PLHIV, this gave me a better understanding of our responsibilities  to educate the people regarding HIV. 
I used to wear a red ribbon to support AIDS. But now,  wearing a red ribbon will somehow put a face to HIV. A face that shows optimism and courage. "



World AIDS Day: What It Means to Me

"World AIDS Day is a reminder that the fight against the disease is not over. Although wonderful medicines have been discovered that help prevent the disease from rearing it's ugly head, there is still no cure. And people all over the world continue to suffer from HIV/AIDS. 
It's still a long way to totally getting rid of the disease. But it's good to know that, every year, people all over the world unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 
We are not alone in this."

Friend of a PLHIV

World AIDS Day: What it Means to Me

"Dec 1 last year was the same day I was discharged from ICU and it was the same day that my doctor tested me for HIV due to pneumocystis carinii infection.. 

I didn't know that it was World AIDS Day until I was discharged and researched on my condition.

Dec 1 is my anniv of being a PLHIV, 1 year of keeping a secret to my family and frinds... but I can say that it's the healthiest year I can remember.. I took care of myself and had more tym wid my family... "


World AIDS Day: What it Means to Me

"World AIDS Day is a Day for me to renew my commitment in the cause of preventing the spread of the virus, and caring for those affected by HIV."

Mark Alvin Lim Abrigo
Program Focal Person for HIV 
Philippine Red Cross

World AIDS Day: What it Means to Me

"Prior to my Partner, M, being diagnosed with Cryptococcal Meningitis and consequently HIV/AIDS last June, HIV/AIDS for me was like some sort of dreaded disease that happened only to the unfortunate few who were engaged in the sex trade or who frequented bath houses or had multiple sex partners. I did not fit into any of those categoris, thus it seemed so far away, something so unlikely and so impossible, something that happened only to “others”. But that all changed in June 2012. Like many of the email and letter senders of Pozziepinoy’s Blog, I too was caught offguard, definitely in denial, frustrated, ignorant, lost and feeling hopeless. I suppose it is a stage almost everyone goes through once diagnosed with HIV or has someone close to them newly diagnosed. But after this initial shock comes learning, recovery and finally acceptance.

This year, WORLD AIDS DAY 2012 will defintiely be diffferent for me. December 1 used to be just my brother’s birthday but now it will be a day of Thanksgiving, Prayer, Hope, and Support for the millions of PLHIV. My partner and I have so much to be Thankful and Hopeful for: Free ARV’s, great Doctors, our health (I am still negative and he is stable), our family, friends, and most specially we still have each other despite what we had gone through."

Partner of a PLHIV

World AIDS Day: What it Means To Me

"Working directly with HIV/AIDS, WAD to me  means celebrating with PLHIV's, embracing their fight and plight, rejoicing in their success and happiness and thankful that my involvement gives meaning and purpose to my existence"

HIV/AIDS Advocate  and
Administrative Officer,
AIDS Research Group,
Department of Health
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine

Our Voices NEED to be Heard!

To celebrate WORLD AIDS DAY,
 I am calling on all 


write a paragraph or two about this topic:


Please email it to me at


Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Love Fund: November 2012 Report

Maram Bartolome of RITM-ARG in Alabang just sent me an email about the patients that have been helped by The Love Fund.

Here is the list for November 2012:
  1. HIV with multiple infections:was assisted with laboratory work and medicines
  2. HIV patient: was assisted with his transportation fares and medicines (antibiotics and optha medicines)
  3. HIV with oral candidiasis: was assisted with fluconazole
  4. 4 HIV patients: were assisted with registration fees
  5. HIV confined with CMV Retinitis with possible brain infection: was assisted with meds and lab tests
For this month, these are the patients who were assisted by the Love Fund Group (LFG) thru PCSO:
  1. HIV with multiple infections
  2. HIV with CMV Retinitis
  3. HIV with pneumonia 
To all those who have helped and who are still planning to donate to The Love Fund, thank you so much. Always remember that your donations are REALLY going to indigent HIV patients who can't afford treatment.
For more information about The Love Fund, please check out the link: The Love Fund

NO PLHIV is alone with his or her struggle with HIV!"


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Email 135: Needs Support and Prayers

Hi Pozzie..

I am glad I was able to read your blog about HIV cases. I was surprised when I knew that my brother 26 is HIV positive. Last May he was diagnosed with PTB and last October with pneumonia. This time he was confined in RITM Alabang because he has CMV retinitis. We just got his confirmatory test last Monday Nov 26, 2012 and he is HIV positive.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Email 134: Urgently Needing Help

Hi Pozziepinoy.

Pls help me. I was diagnosed HIV positive at Manila hygiene clinic last Nov 13 & still waiting for confirmatory result. I'm not feeling well and I just realized that the symptoms I had since Feb were HIV related. Confirmatory result is having delays for some reasons I don't know. 

Email 133: Feeling Helpless

Good day. 

This is XXX. I feel helpless now. I'm 20 and I'm afraid I was infected by h.i.v. Hindi naman ako nkikipagsex sa kahit sino. Di ko na talaga alam ang gagawin ko, lito-litong na ako. Di ko alam kung saan ako kukuha ng pera pampa consult tsaka gamot. Hope hndi ako infected ng h.i.v. 

Email 132: Worried Woman

Hello Pozziepinoy.

By the way I'm XXX.  I just really want to know what's going on. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Email 131: New Pozzie Needs Direction

Dear Pozzie,

I have been reading your blog since yesterday and it is indeed informative.

I am an HIV+ bi guy and was diagnosed of HIV only last week. There is nothing I can do right now but move forward and make sure I will always be healthy. Therefore, I want to know the next steps I should take.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Email 130: ARV's in RITM-ARG

Hi Pozziepinoy,

I was not able to go to RITM-ARG as I ran out of time. As expected, I was only able to get for one month supply of ARV from San Lazaro Hospital.  I will be coming back this December to get my ARV again.  Hopefully this time I will be able to go to RITM-ARG.

Is there a specific day where ARV are distributed to patients in RITM-ARG?  Im having problems because ARV are only given to patients in SLH every thursday and the doctor won't allow me to get it on other days. 




Thank you for your email again.

You can get refills for ARV's in RITM-ARG everyday except during the weekends.

Stay healthy,

NO PLHIV is alone with his or her struggle with HIV!"


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Email 129: Which Hub is Best?

Hi Pozziepinoy,

San po ba mas magandang maging pasyente, sa San Lazaro or RITM-ARG?

Kelangan po bang magpaadmit if magte-take na ng ARV? Thanks!

(Translation: Where is the best to be a patient, in San Lazaro or RITM-ARG?

Does one need to be admitted when one is about to take ARV's?





Thank you for your email.

Like what I always advice to people, chose an HIV/AIDS treatment hub that is near you so accessibility to lab tests and medicines are easier. If you are in Manila area, best to go to San Lazaro Hospital or PGH-SAGIP. If you are from the south, go to RITM-ARG. However, if you opt to go to RITM-ARG, I can assist you. The staff there are so friendly and professional.

On your second question, you don't need to be admitted to a hospital if you are about to take ARV's. Once you have been prescribed with the medicines, you will be sent home and you will be adviced to observe for 2 weeks for possible side effects. This is what they call the trial period of ARV prescription.

I hope I was able to answer your questions. Feel free to email me again if you have other concerns.

Stay healthy,

NO PLHIV is alone with his or her struggle with HIV!"


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