THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues its year-round Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) awareness campaign to promote public awareness of the importance of getting tested against the deadly virus.
With the theme “Know Your Status,” PRC, backed by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, brings HIV testing opportunities closer to communities residing in selected areas in Metro Manila. HIV testing is essential to expand treatment and ensure that people living with HIV leads a healthy and productive life.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said the HIV counselling and testing activities mirror the organization’s efforts to end stigma and discrimination.
“The real AIDS that kill is ‘Acute Intelligence Deficiency Syndrome.’ We must do something to resolve the problem. And PRC is doing this through year-round HIV awareness campaigns,” Gordon said.
The HIV/AIDS and ART Registry of the Philippines September 2018 reported that there were a total of 8,533 reported cases from January to September 2018. The report also showed that 32 Filipinos are diagnosed with HIV per day in 2018.
World AIDS Day takes place every December 1 to raise awareness of HIV and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), the status of a person living with HIV with lesser chance to fight because of a weaker immune system.
PRC, through the Pasay Chapter, holds an HIV information dissemination with HIV counselling and testing (HCT) in coordination with Pasay City Social Hygiene Clinic on December 1.
The Manila Chapter holds an HCT with the Social Hygiene Clinic San Lazaro, as well as a candlelighting ceremony on December 2. The Manila Chapter earlier conducted an HIV Symposium and HCTs at FEATI University and Far Eastern University.