DOH-6 seeks to destigmatize HIV, AIDS
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.