Aids memorial‬ held

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Sunday, June 1, 2014


CANDLES were lit on May 30 as a symbol of unity to fight the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/Aids).

The event, dubbed "Reduce Stigma. Ensure Access. Increase Resources. Promote Involvement," was held at Igorot Park as part of of the International Aids Candlelight Memorial. Employees from massage parlors, beauty salons and entertainment bars joined the event.

"It enlightens us more how to prevent the disease," Dr. Joyce Pira of Red Cross Baguio told Sun.Star.

She said the 20 percent increase in HIV-Aids cases in the Philippines has been very alarming and must be addressed.

Pira advised married people to practice monogamy, youngsters must avoid engaging in pre-marital sex and for people in same sex relationships to practice a wholesome relationship.

"Healthy lifestyle and healthy relationship are keys," she emphasized.

For people with HIV or Aids, Pira shared social hygiene clinics have been conducting group counseling to strengthen them in facing the disease.

The candlelight memorial was made possible by the Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Region, Baguio City Government, and the Aids Watch Council (AWAC).

According to AWAC, Baguio City has a total of 63 HIV and Aids cases since 1992. Among them are 47 males and 16 females ages 17-48 years old.

These patients are composed of 26 men who have sex with men; 19 overseas contract workers; 5 blood donors; 4 sexually active females; 5 sexually active males; 3 wives of people with HIV and 2 foreigners.

Eighteen of these patients died.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 02, 2014.

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