HIV cases on the increase

CSF intensifies campaign vs HIV/Aids

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are increasing in the city and in the country, which, according to the City Health Office, is a cause for alarm.

During a forum held at the Heroes Hall on Tuesday, Dr. Renely Tungol, program head for the city’s campaign against STI/HIV-Aids, explained to college students the need to intensify measures against the deadly virus especially now that most of the victims belong to the younger age bracket.

“There is an alarming increase in HIV cases and the victims’ age bracket belong to those less than 20 years old,” Tungol said.

She lamented the fact that the country suffers from a large number of HIV cases, while in San Fernando, it was recorded that most patients are members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

To curb this, the city government is intensifying its information, education, and communication campaign by providing lectures and seminars for students. Free HIV testing and screening test for syphilis is also regularly conducted at the city’s social hygiene clinic in Barangay Sindalan.

Tungol noted that most victims do not know that they have HIV.

“Sad news for them is the fact that there is no cure or vaccine to stop HIV/AIDS, the good news however, is there are ways to prevent and control the infection like abstinence, being mutually faithful to uninfected partner, careful sex (correct and consistent condom use), refraining from drug and alcohol use and education and early detection," she said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Edwin Santiago urges the public to regularly visit the city government’s five rural health stations located in Barangay Sto. Rosario, San Agustin, Sindalan, San Nicolas, and Northville.

Source: Sun Star

posted by JC on 2015-12-03

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