CHO sets HIV testing May 11-15 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:13

The City Health Office in partnership with the Department of Health has scheduled free confidential HIV-testing on May 11-15 in line with the observance of National HIV Testing Week.

Parties interested may go to the City Health Office-Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC) from 4:00-7:00 pm from May 11-15. Contact numbers are 926-9279.

The National HIV Testing Week precedes the observance of Global AIDS Memorial on May 17, 2015. And to maximize the impact of this global movement in the Philippine context, the DOH has declared May 11-15 as HIV testing Week with the overriding goal of informing, de-stigmatizing, de-mystifying and promoting HIV-testing to key population at higher risks for HIV.

The HIV and AIDS epidemic in the country has markedly increased since 2007. Factors to the rise of cases include low testing rates among key populations at higher risk such as Males who have sex with males (MSM) and people who inject drugs (PWID) due to poor self-awareness to risk and HIV services as well as persistence of stigma and discrimination in the society. — Sheila Covarrubias