Angeles observes World AIDS Day

ANGELES CITY -- World AIDS Day was marked in this city with educational seminars as local health officers went to different schools to lecture on various aspects of the HIV/AIDS.

The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that in 2013, 35 million people were living with HIV, 2.1 million people were newly infected with the virus and at least 1.5 million people died of AIDS.

In the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) reported that the number of people living with HIV/AIDS is up by 32 percent this year.

Compared to the 427 cases last year, the country recorded a total of 565 cases from January to September of this year.

In addition, the HIV and AIDS registry from 1984 to 2014 also showed that more men (18,948 cases) were infected than women (2,030 cases).

“The statistical data were actually quite alarming know that more guys are infected by AIDS,” said student Mark Erwin Dizon.

Dr. Lenario Santos, health officer of Angeles City, said Filipinos are now more aware and open-minded to undertake HIV testing than before.

“The history shows that people from the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community are more vulnerable to infection,” said Santos.

In Angeles City, local health workers observe World AIDS Day each year as an opportunity for people to gather in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to remember people who have died.

“As a student, I learned many things about AIDS based on the school lectures but this seminar made realize that there are still many things that I do not know. In the future, I hope to impart the things that I have learned here to my fellow youth,” said student Divina Ibay.

Meanwhile, health officers hope the educational seminars will contribute in the efforts of the government to reduce the infections in the country to zero.

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