CATARMAN, Northern Samar, Jan. 14 (PIA) — The Northern Samar Provincial Hospital (NSPH) through its HIV AIDs Core Team (HACT) intensifies its advocacy campaign using various platforms and fora in different schools in the province.
This was informed by Dr. Ezekiel Valera, co-chair of HACT and Jeane Pelayo, STI/HIV-AIDs Program Coordinator during the “Huruhimangraw sa Panginudto” radio program of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here.
Dr. Valera, in a live interview, discussed the particular STI/HIV-AIDs prevention, early diagnosis, mode of transmission, serious consequences, complications, counselling and management, among others.
They urged youngsters to be aware of and be educated about the STI/HIV-AIDs and warned what will become of them once infected with virus. At the same time, he encouraged those who indulged into active sexual activity particularly those with multiple partners to avail of the government’s free test available at the provincial hospital.
In Northern Samar, they disclosed that there are 14 patients who are undergoing treatment and counselling. The treatment is free, in fact, Pelayo said the government is spending around 200 thousand worth of medicine per patient in a year.
Dr. Valera, however, emphasized the strict compliance on medical confidentiality as stated in Republic Act 11166, Section 3 (z) (cc), an act strengthening the Philippine Comprehensive Policy on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDs), prevention, treatment, care and support.
Thus, they assured those who will submit for testing and those who are undergoing treatment of high confidentiality among health workers, and guarantee that they will be taken care of, as long as they submit for medical support. (NBQ/AND/PIA Northern Samar)
Source: PIA Feed