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[OPINION] Sexual health: The road less traveled

The pandemic makes the situation even more challenging. Because of mobility restrictions, nurses were able to visit the villages only once or twice a month. People from these rural and indigenous communities also have to shoulder higher transportation costs as only one passenger can ride the habal-habal or single motorcycles, which often cost a day's income. While some municipalities have ambulances, these vehicles are usually used for other concerns and are not always available to ferry women to health centers. When patients need medical treatment outside their municipality, they typically cannot afford to pay for the necessary COVID-19 tests and other special permits required to move from one town to another.[OPINION] Sexual health: The road less traveled