LGBT-BUS to Hold HIV-AIDS Awareness Campaign in December
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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender-Bahaghari United Securalists (LGBT-BUS) organization of Marikina City will hold an HIV-AIDS awareness campaign that will include a dance contest on World AIDS Day on December 1.
Titled “Move to the Groove 2018,” the dance group contest is open to all residents of Marikina who are at least 18 years old, said Regie Pasion, president of LGBT-BUS.
“The ‘Move to Groove’ dance contest is an advocacy event to further the HIV-AIDS awareness campaign of LGBT-BUS,” Regie said in an interview. “There’s a theme – ‘Know Your Status Now.’ The phrase encourages the young key population who are 18 years old and above to undergo HIV screening from time to time. The theme will be used as an inspiration for their dance moves, costumes, etc.”
The event is expected to be part of the Marikina’s celebration of the Sapatos Festival to be held in the last quarter of the year.
The City Health Office of Marikina will conduct the HIV-AIDS testing.
The number of Filipinos found to be positive from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is rising and one way to fight this is through information campaign against the spread of the virus, awareness about the disease and encouraging people to be tested regularly. In 2017, data from the Department of Health showed that there were 11,103 Filipinos found to be positive from AIDS, up from 9,264 recorded in 2016.
What is even more alarming is that the number of young Filipinos, aged 15-24 years old found to be positive from HIV had also risen. During the period 2011-2017, the proportion of HIV-positive cases in the 15-24 age bracket went up to 29 percent of the total cases from 25 percent in 2006-2010 period, the DOH report said.
That is why the planned HIV-AIDS awareness campaign of the LGBT-BUS, particularly geared towards the youth, is very welcome.
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