86 total cases, 6 new this year, “Let’s keep the light on HIV” PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 00:00

I surmised if Zamboanga City Multi-Sectoral AIDS Council (ZMSAC) has not been very active in promoting the advocacy against AIDS, the present statistic number of HIV-Aids could have been higher. But with 6 new HIV cases this year in Zamboanga City, it must be taken seriously. Now if you happen to be promiscuous in your sex life, nah, nah, nah.

Since 1995, there are 86 reported cases in our city. Of course, there could be others infected who are not aware they are carriers. Last Friday, May 17, there was a torch parade from Ciudad Medical about the control and prevention of HIV-AIDS spread. A program was held in Plaza Pershing in commemoration of AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2014 with the international theme, “Let’s keep the light on HIV.”

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos shared that most of our local HIV cases are from 15 to 34 years old age group.  Worldwide, there are 33 million people still living with HIV. There should be an important intervention to prevent stigma and public discrimination or else. Imagine, if HIV-people are discriminated upon and ostracized, they might hide and, worse, out of anger or resentment, may spread the disease to others.

The Zamboanga event was highlighted by a candle lightning, ecumenical prayer and praise songs—all in memory of the people who died of HIV-AIDS. Special guest was City Mayor Beng Salazar, City Councilor VP Elago, and Department of Health Regional Director Dr. Nimfa Torrizo.

Romans 1:24-27 “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

By Dante Corteza