Western Visayas lists 66 local AIDS councils
by T. Villavert
Iloilo City (19 May) -- Sixty-six (66) Local AIDS Councils have been organized in Western Visayas with the objective of increasing the level awareness of the public in the campaign against the spread of HIV and AIDS.
DILG 6 Director Evelyn Trompeta said that they wanted to help in the advocacy program and incapacitating these local AIDS Council in step with the government?s thrust geared towards the prevention of the further spread of HIV infection and to reduce the impact of the disease on individuals, families and communities.
The council is chaired by the Governor, DOH as vice-chair and the members will come from some 27 government offices and NGOs in the locality.
For her part DOH 6 Assistant Regional Director Marlyn Convocar said that HIV/AIDS is multi-sectoral problem which is why DOH is also using the multi-sectoral approach in addressing the multi-facetyed issues and concerns of HIV/AIDS.
Per DOH 6 record, Western Visayas has ninety-one (91) People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) recorded from year 1994 to April 2010. Of the 91, around 27 died bringing to 64 PLWHAs currently receiving health services from the government and NGOs.
Dr. Convocar said that HIV can be transmitted in the sexual fluids, blood or breast milk of an infected person. HIV prevention therefore involves a wide range of activities including prevention of mother-to-child transmission and needle exchanges.
She also discussed the ABCs on how to prevent HIV/AIDS transmission. These are: A bstinence; B eing safer by being faithful to one partner; and C orrect and consistent use of condoms. (PIA6) [top]