This morning upon checking my poz Twitter account, I saw in my timeline a picture of a certain treatment hub's hallway with a few masked and unmasked people sitting on the benches, with the caption that goes something like "Ang dami-dami na ng may HIV ngayon." It's not verbatim, but that's the idea. It was posted by one of our blood brothers.
My immediate reaction, I commented on the photo asking the poz guy who tweeted the photo if we were allowed to do that.
Minutes later when I checked for a response, I noticed that he has already deleted the photo.
Sorry, but I find the action (posting a photo of HIV clients in a treatment hub, even if they had masks on) a bit irresponsible.
What if you were in their shoes?
Some people are still recognizable even with their mask on.
Before, I always say that the primary reason for wearing a mask inside treatment hubs is for protection against possible transmission of infection - that hiding their identity is just secondary. Now, I might just have to say that those two are of equal importance.
Disclaimer: I have nothing against posting YOUR photos with catwang-ed or covered faces. But please, huwag naman photos ng PLHIVs lalo na in their treatment hubs.