The City of Dumaguete joins the International Aids Candlelight Memorial Day with health officials and advocates at the Quezon Park, Friday.
Dubbed “a day of for us to remember the many lives lost to AIDs” the activity gathered advocates to honor those who dedicated their lives to helping people living with and affected by HIV AIDs now estimated to be about 38 million people of various ages and genders.
The Silliman University Extension Program pioneered the observance of the International Aids Memorial Day that was later adopted by the Local Government of Dumaguete through the City HIV/AIDs Council chaired by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and other stakeholders.
It also served as an occasion to raise social consciousness about HIV AIDs for global solidarity, breaking down the barriers of stigma and discrimination.
Loryly P. Ignacio, STI/HIV AIDs Coordinator of the City Health Office encouraged everyone to avail of the voluntary counseling and testing, which is one of the services funded by the local government.
Those who get tested and confirmed to be positive of HIV AIDs will be referred to the Negros Oriental HIV Treatment Hub to avail of the medical intervention for free.