OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, May 19 (PIA)--Ozamiz City Health Office commemorated the Philippine International AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2019 held at the city hall grounds emphasizing the need for people living with and affected by Human Iimmuno-Virus (HIV) to join hands and reflect on the past and the precious lives that have been lost.
Anchored on the theme, "One Big Fight for PLHIV Health and Rights," the activity serves as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and Aids.
City Health Officer Paul Singh said, "With 33 million people leaving with HIV today, the International Aids candlelight memorial serves as important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination and giving hope to the new generation."
Singh said the Aids candlelight memorial aims to raise public awareness to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
He also said the Philippine International AIDS Candlelight Memorial reminds us of the tremendous impact that HIV and the AIDS movement have had on our lives.
City Government of Ozamiz personnel led by Dr. Holly Tago spearheaded the prayer and candle lighting of the red ribbon, an emblem of the battle against HIV and AIDS, with city health workers, and HIV and AIDS support organizations.
The rites were also attended by Person Living with HIV (PLHIV) Bobby Angaran, 33, diagnosed AIDS in 2013 shared his testimony on HIV awareness to educate and advocates the person with HIV/AIDS.
He also said cases of the transmission of HIV/AIDS are usually through sexual transmission especially men having sex with other men, sharing of injection needles, blood transfusion, and mother to child cases.
"I am encouraging people who have HIV like me to stay healthy by always having a positive outlook in life, trusting our family, and not losing faith in God," he said.
Moreover, City Health Office is intensifying their information drive on how to diagnose the HIV/AIDS patients in Ozamiz City and the province of Misamis Occidental. (SMRN/PIA 10)