Val­ley con­ducts HIV aware­ness drive

Sun.Star Baguio - - Topstories - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Reporter

IN A BID to help pre­vent the spread of the hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus, Benguet’s cap­i­tal town is spear­head­ing an aware­ness cam­paign in cel­e­bra­tion of the World Aids Day.

Stu­dents from La Trinidad and nearby Tublay town con­vened dur­ing the one day aware­ness drive with the theme: “Know your sta­tus.”

Dur­ing the fo­rum, Dar­win Babon, HIV su­per­vis­ing re­gional fa­cil­i­ta­tor from the Depart­ment of Health Cen­ter of Health De­vel­op­ment Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion 445 cases of HIV-AIDS in the re­gion from 1984 to June 2018.

Babon added there are 29 cases recorded in the val­ley from 1984 to June 2018.

HIV cases, ac­cord­ing to Babon, may vary with mother to child trans­mis­sion where Benguet recorded three cases, and the

male to male preva­lent cases in the Philip­pines and world­wide.

“We are all aware it just so hap­pen it is be­hav­ioral. Alam natin pwe­deng magka HIV kung un­pro­tected sex. Da­pat may in­ter­ven­tion din sa pag­bago ng mga be­hav­ior ng mga tao kasi kahit araw araw mag­pat­est kung araw araw un­pro­tected sex, it is like your wait­ing for you to be HIV pos­i­tive,” adds Babon.

For HIV test­ing, he shared the pre­vail­ing stigma on the mat­ter. How­ever the health of­fi­cer stated “we are see­ing little by little Cordilleran get­ting aware na hindi nag­paHIV test, HIV pos­i­tive.”

Aside from HIV screen­ing on clinic and hos­pi­tal, the DOH is also go­ing to com­mu­ni­ties and work­places to con­duct free HIV screen­ing, adds Babon.

In the suc­ceed­ing days, a train­ing is set for health care work­ers in Ifu­gao and Ito­gon in Benguet. In the whole coun­try, the Cordillera re­gion has one of the low­est cases of HIV next to the ARMM.

From the 435 cases, a to­tal of 33 deaths were recorded in the whole Cordillera.

The Mu­nic­i­pal So­cial Wel­fare De­vel­op­ment Of­fice mean­while urge the stake­hold­ers to tap main health cen­ter and health sta­tion for treat­ment with the ser­vice de­liv­ery net­work and re­fer­ral sys­tem.

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