LGUs in NCR observe World AIDs Day at Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila

December 2, 2015 6:54 am 

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, Dec. 1 (PNA) — Various groups from local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region, together with college students and non-governmental organizations, gathered on Tuesday at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Malate, Manila to spread awareness and call for more unified action to fight Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) by being brave to get voluntary testing.

The groups proceeded to the park after a parade that started near the Ermita Church to mark the observance of the World AIDS Day.

Most of the participants wore colorful costumes and carried streamers bearing different messages on AIDs prevention to mark their call for ending discrimination on people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Some of the streamers contained messages such as: "Know your status, get tested;" "An HIV woman can give birth to HIV-free baby;" "It takes 8 liters of saliva to get HIV;" "You are smarter and sexier if you know your status;" and many others.

As they marched toward from Roxas Blvd. to the venue of the program, they exhibited dance presentations to provide entertainment while conveying their messages.

Most of the participants represented women, LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender) communities supporting the awareness campaign to fight HIV-AIDS.

Simultaneous with the program was the distribution of leaflets to inform the public on the advantage of getting tested on HIV.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), the number of HIV cases in the country has reached more than 29,000 since 1984.

With the trend tending to increase if not properly addressed, the DOH has launched different programs to curb the number of cases by encouraging free HIV-testing, advocating for condom use and education of the young. (PNA)

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