Public invited to join AIDS candlelight ceremony May 24

BAGUIO CITY May 18 – The active participation of the public is being requested by health authorities for the upcoming AIDS candlelight ceremony which will be held at the City Health Services office compound along Teodora Alonzo Stree on May 24, 2018.

ChSO Nurse II Cristina Juan underscored the importance of the participation of the public in the annual AIDS candlelight memorial to enhance the awareness of people on the programs, projects and activities being implemented by the concerned government and the local government to help addres the continuous and alarming increase in human immune virus cases in the city.

She assured the local government remains committed in enhancing its massive information and education campaign, especially to the high risk sectors, to prevent the dreaded illness from going out of control which afflict innocent individuals in the different parts of the city.

"We hope that we will be able to gather the support of our city officials and residents in the annual candle lighting ceremony for us to remember those who have already gone ahead of us because of the dreaded illness, those who are currently infected with the illness and concerned sectors who are supportive of the various programs and interventions, to make people aware on how to get rid of the virus," Juan stressed.

The nurse reported to date, there are some 30 HIV-infected individuals who are undergoing the required interventions by the local government where 10 are said to be newly discovered HIV cases while the 20 other individuals were detected to have HIV last year and are pursuing the process of being cured.

According to her, all the newly discovered HIV cases in the city are males and those who are considered to be men having sex with men that is why the local health department is intensifying its awareness programs for people to understand and internalize the importance of being able to be healthy by embracing the practice of safe sex.

Juan explained that commercial sex workers infected with the HIV virus seems to be on a down trend due to the interventions by the local health department, particularly the conduct of weekly check-ups of their health status, among other vital interventions to make them aware of the risk of being involved in the commercial sex trade.

She admitted people who continue to engage in unprotected sex are the ones who easily contract the dreaded virus with almost all to be men having sex with men thereby putting to risk their multiple partners into being afflicted with the disease.

Juan admitted that for the past several years, there has been a constant increase in the number of HIV cases being discovered by the local health department following the enhanced awareness campaign for people having multiple partners to undergo regular check-ups with the nearest health facility in the city or in their places for the early detection of the illness and the provision of the necessary interventions.

By Dexter A. See

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