Legislators calls for amendment to Aids law

THE Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) is calling for amendments to the existing Republic Act 8504 or the National Aids Prevention and Control Act of 1998 in caring for the youth sector against the fast and furious disease.

PLCPD wanted the removal of a provision in the act that prohibits minors from assessing HIV testing and other related services without written parental or guardian permit.

The organization wants Congress to pass a stronger law to combat the increasing number of HIV-Aids cases in the country.

PLCPD local advocacy officer Maida Ojeda said an event on Friday, October 9, at the Esplanade 1 in Iloilo City will showcase people’s awareness on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV-Aids) for young people of Iloilo.

“All In: Leave no One Behind in the Race to End Aids” will be participated by various groups of young people in a series of challenges and amazing race at the Esplanade with different booths installed at the site to give information on the dreaded disease.

In Western Visayas, a total of 807 cases were reported from 1984 to February 2015, but HIV cases continue to rise with 31 new cases reported in July 2015. (LCP)
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