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FPOP, UNAIDS, partners lead Aids Day observance in Camarines Sur

by LS Macatangay

Naga City (7 December) -- The Family Planning Organizations of the Philippines (FPOP)-Camarines Sur Chapter, in cooperation with UNAIDS, and joins the entire world in the celebration of World Aids Day thru a candle lighting ceremony at the Plaza Quince Martires, here.

Dubbed as Light for Rights: World Aids Day 2010 with its theme: Universal Access and Human Rights," AIDS and other health advocates will commemorate thousands of people who fell victim to the deadly virus of AIDS. It aims to raise the awareness of the fatal effect of HIV infection that has claimed many lives all over the world.

World Aids Day is being observed every 1st day of December each year. It is dedicated to raising the understanding of the community on the aids virus known as the most destructive epidemic in recorded history. It has already killed an estimated 2.5million people between 1981 and 2007.

Mrs. Zeny Bien. Chapter Program Manager of FPOP- Camarine Sur Chapter said that the event seeks to disseminate the information that proper education and know how on the AIDS pandemic will lead to a better understanding of their role as health provider.

"Our main task is not just to provide health services to our clients but also to educate them on matters concerning their safety or inform them of any threats to their health and well being, but also to actively participate in the advocacy program concerning health trends affecting our people."

Before the candle lighting ceremony, a motorcade was done along the main thoroughfares of the city. An exhibit depicting an image of the current situation of AIDS was simultaneously mounted at the Plaza Quince Martires.

Dave Isidore Plopinio, FPOP-Camarines Sur Counselor has also invited students and peer educators from different universities in the province to participate in the said event. Out of school youths also attended the said activity.

"We have to start the campaign with the youth so that even at their young age, they will already be armed with useful information that will help them protect themselves and for them to also inform other people, perhaps their peers, or family members about it. Awareness is very important in understanding HIV-AIDS."

HIV is a virus that attacks the body's immune system. It can be passed on through infected blood, sement, vaginal fluids or breast milk. Most commonly, the AIDS virus is being passed thru sex without a condom with someone already affected with the disease, sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment, and from an HIV-Positive mother(to her child) during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.

Ms. Bien said that as far as FPOP Camarines Sur Chapter is concerned, there is no recorded case of HIV or AIDS in the province. (PIA CamSur/mal) [top]

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