VIGIL NIGHT:

Lau­toka HIV/AIDS hub hosts vigil night

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Avigil night for those suf­fer­ing and those who have lost their lives from HIV (hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus) and AIDS (ac­quired im­mune de­fi­ciency syn­drome) will be hosted to­mor­row at the Western Divi­sion Hub Cen­tre in Lau­toka.

Min­istry of Health peer nav­i­ga­tor of the Western Divi­sion Apolosi La­sei said the night was ded­i­cated to the moth­ers this year. “The night is ded­i­cated to those moth­ers and fam­i­lies who have lost their moth­ers from HIV and AIDS ei­ther re­cently or in the past and the theme is Em­power,” Mr La­sei said. He said this event would greatly help raise aware­ness on HIV/AIDS and to elim­i­nate the stigma at­tached to it. “We want to cre­ate aware­ness on the im­por­tance of peo­ple be­ing care­ful in re­gards to sex­ual in­ter­course, breast feed­ing and in re­gard to HIV and AIDS,” Mr La­sei said. “We have close to 700 peo­ple in Fiji who have been di­ag­nosed with HIV and AIDS and this num­ber is rapidly grow­ing. “One of the ma­jor points we would like to raise aware­ness to the pub­lic that HIV and AIDS is not con­tracted through a hand­shake, through a hug or even through a nor­mal kiss.” The event will also have a mo­ment of si­lence and light­ing of can­dles to re­mem­ber loved ones who have lost their lives be­cause of HIV and AIDS. Mr La­sei said mem­bers of the pub­lic should wear red rib­bons to show their sup­port for those who were still bat­tling with the virus at this stage.

Apolosi La­sei

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