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Councilor Rivera calls for intensified campaign vs HIV/AIDS

General Santos City Councilor Jane Rivera urged city health officials to strengthen the campaign on HIV-AIDS awareness and prevention.

Rivera expressed concern over the reported alarming increase in human immunodeficiency virus cases in the city, particularly among teenagers.

“Mahalaga na palakasin ng ating City Health Office ang kanilang mga programa upang pigilan ang pagkalat ng HIV at magbigay ng kinakailangang suporta sa mga apektado,” Rivera said.

She also called on barangay officials and youth leaders to participate in the conduct of an intensified information, education, and test drives for HIV in their community.

“Kailangang pagtulungan natin, sa ating komunidad itong kampaniya. Kailangan ang partisipasyon ng lahat sa kampaniya na ito,” she stessed.

On Tuesday, Zyrnx John Octavio, the HIV Treatment Hub Manager of the city-run Dr. Jorge P. Royeca City Hospital, reported that from 1984 to present, there were 891 recorded cases of HIV in the city. The report further revealed that the youngest confirmed case was of a 14 years old. The city’s HIV/AIDS Program Manager also reported that HIV incidents are higher in the 25-34 age group, with a total of 423 cases.

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