Massive HIV testing day for the Philippines to fight ‘nationwide emergency’

Philippines HIV organizations are internet hosting a large nationwide testing day on 26 Might. | Picture: Equipped

Eight main organizations are coming collectively within the Philippines to supply the first-ever multi-site, free and confidential HIV testing day.

Referred to as, This Is Me: Courageous and Free’ and led by HIV group, LoveYourself folks will be capable to get free HIV checks at ten locations across the Philippines on Saturday 26 Might.

‘With the growing variety of folks buying HIV, LoveYourself endeavors to collect fellow warriors within the advocacy for a stronger and resounding voice to advertise self-empowerment in taking good care of one’s sexual well being, as a prelude to curbing the HIV epidemic within the nation,’ stated LoveYourself Government Director Ronivin G Pagtakhan.

The Philippines has one of many highest charges of latest HIV instances on this planet, with some well being officers dubbing it a ‘nationwide emergency’.

These at excessive threat of buying HIV are younger males who’ve intercourse with males and trans girls.

HIV up 3,147%

In February, surprising new information revealed HIV diagnoses have jumped 3,147% from simply 342 instances in 2007 to 11,103 in 2017.

The newest information from the Division of Well being (DOH) 912 folks examined constructive for HIV in March alone.

The brand new information confirmed that 99% of the newly-diagnosed people acquired HIV by means of sexual contact. 86% of these had been amongst males who’ve intercourse with males.

‘Other than its main objective of instilling consciousness and motion in the direction of ending HIV, “This Is Me: Courageous and Free” empowers one’s self-worth that evokes unity in variety, and brings the message of affection, acceptance and discovering power and braveness to beat worry, which are sometimes related to HIV and AIDS,’ LoveYourself stated in a press release.

This Is Me: Courageous and Free is going on proper throughout the Philippines, even in areas exterior of the massive cities. Click on on this hyperlink to register to get examined.





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