The Davao City AIDS Council has underscored the need to strengthen the awareness and programs on human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) amid the increasing number of cases in the city.
This, as the AIDS Council will mark the World AIDS Day on December 1 with a series of activities centered on combating stigma and raising awareness on HIV.
“Latest data from May shows that there are 4513 HIV-infected individuals in Davao City. The number of cases is still increasing, thus, it is important that we properly implement the programs on HIV,” Michael Mahinay, Executive Director of ALAGAD-Mindanao, said.
This year’s celebration has the theme “Let Communities Lead.”
Oscar Obenza Jr., Chairperson of Olympus Society of Davao Inc. and organizer of the activities for the celebration, said that at 9 a.m. on December 1, there will be an HIV testing in the PLEB Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Building.
The activity, with the participation of the city councilors, aims to eliminate the stigma in the community on HIV testing, he said.
In the afternoon, starting at 3 p.m., there will be a parade, a Red March, to be led by members of the Davao City AIDS Council. Some 70 organizations from the LGBT coalition already confirmed their participation in the parade.
A dance competition to showcase the talents of the youth, the LGBT, and all sectors will also be held. The performances must have elements of the HIV and AIDS campaign.