Sat, 30 May 2020

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 12 (PIA6) - The Department of Health (DOH) is strengthening its campaign to combat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) through "LHIVE FREE".

Caroline Tumabotabo, DOH-6 Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Nurse Coordinator, said LHIVE FREE is a campaign created by the DOH and Integrative Competitive Intelligence Asia (ICI Asia).

"There is a need to eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination," she said.

She added that the campaign would utilize modern means to disseminate information about HIV and AIDS.

The DOH is planning to produce educational video materials that will be disseminated to schools, local institutions, targeted people's organizations, and communities all over the country.

According to Tumabotabo, DOH will also hold seminars targeting support groups of People Living with HIV, including family members, friends, and other enabling organizations.

Meanwhile, data from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) showed that there 291 reported cases of HIV for the period January to May 2018.

Of the 291 cases, 228 are considered asymptomatic while 63 are AIDS cases.

DOH data also revealed that 281 of these cases are males while 10 are females. (JBG/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

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