DOH-6 seeks to des­tig­ma­tize HIV, AIDS

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Rep­re­senta ves from the De­part­ment of Health-Re­gion VI (DOH-6) re­cently in­tro­duced the “LHIVE FREE” cam­paign, which in­tends to raise aware­ness about the hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus (HIV) and ac­quired im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency syn­drome (AIDS).

“There is a need to elim­i­nate HIV‐re­lated s gma and dis­crim­i­na­tion,” said DOH‐6 Sex­u­ally Trans­mit­ted In­fec ons nurse co­or­di­na­tor Caro­line Tum­ab­otabo.

She said the cam­paign will dis­sem­i­nate in­forma on about HIV/AIDS, along with pro­duc­ing ed­uca onal ma­te­ri­als for schools and other lo­cal ins tu ons.

Last month, dur­ing a con­sulta ve mee ng fo­cused on re­spon­si­ble paren ng and re­pro­duc­tive health, the Ak­lan Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fice re­vealed all 17 of the prov­ince’s mu­nic­i­pali es have at least one re­ported case of HIV or AIDS.

As of May 2018, there were a to­tal 165 re­ported cases of HIV/AIDS in the prov­ince. Kal­ibo, the prov­ince’s cap­i­tal, had the most re­ported cases with 48; fol­lowed by Malay, which in­cludes cur­rently‐shut­tered tourist des na on Bo­ra­cay, with 35.

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