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HIV Positive Poster Tour de Pilipinas

The HIV epidemic in the Philippines has been described as “explosive”, with the fastest rate of increase in new HIV cases globally.

What is HIV?

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)  is a virus that gradually attacks the immune system, which is our body’s natural defense against illness. If a person becomes infected with HIV, they will find it harder to fight off infections and diseases.

I was ecstatic that I have met these people who devoted their time, money and even their personal lives in order to help increase the awareness about HIV.

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Victor Silba (Brazil based GIV Volunteer) being an advocate he had been to different countries with his back pack!
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Faustine Luell Angeles Jr., founder of Pedal for HIV, A person living with HIV, but it doesn’t stop him to continue his passion for sports-cyclng while spreading HIV awareness campaign

Victor and Faustine, in partnership with The Red Whistle will promote the HIV Positive Poster awareness campaign that aims to reduce the stigma associated with HIV.

Tour de Pilipinas, organized by Pedal for HIV and GIV ( Grupo de Incentivo a Vida-NGO based in Brazil), aims to:

✔️  Increase visibility of the HIV Positive Poster

✔️ Provide information on HIV

✔️ Empower the youth to become advocates

✔️ Reduce HIV stigma and discrimination

The HIV Posters were originally developed  by GIV, a non-government organization based in Brazil. Made with a drop of blood donated by a person living with HIV (PLHIV), the posters carry messages that explain how HIV is transmitted, and underscore that people can NOT get HIV from the poster, or from casual contact with PLHIV.

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HIV Positive Poster campaign has won international awards such as the Bronze Lion at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival-Press Category.
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Daiana Menezes  as the Ambassador for HIV  Awareness in the Philippines

There is currently no cure for HIV!

However with proper treatment and support from our society PLHIV can still live a healthy and normal life.

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Yes, we both touched the poster and we proudly support this campaign

It’s easier to stop something from happening than to repair the damage after it has happened. Please share this campaign to everyone!

Check out Pedal for HIV for more updates!

 

30 Comments

  1. Georgia

    That poster is powerful! This is a great campaign and it’s so wonderful to see it being run jointly by someone who is actually hiv positive and showing that regardless of the disease they are living am enriched life!

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  2. HIV is huge in India and so is the taboo around it. Spreading awareness around it is a very commendable job indeed. In India their used to be a campaign that said ‘chune se nahin pehlta ‘- it does not spread by touch’ which is very informative

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  3. I really like the poster, whoever made it is a genius. Many people don’t actually know what HIV is and how it transmits, and I think it’s very important to educate them, otherwise they will discriminate just because they are not informed.

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  4. It is great that this poster makes people aware of this disease.I think the stigma still exists and programs like this can help promote better understanding of this disease and the people living with it.

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  5. THIS IS GOOD. HIV is a plague and one place where it has been really bad is Angeles, a place I swore I would never return. I was there couple of years ago, and everywhere, prostitution reeks. In Manila, the lack of awareness definitely contributed to the rise of HIV cases.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this info ate joy! I remembered that episode of Magpakailanman wherr Jen M. played a role of a wife who acquired HIV from her husband, and passing the virus to their kid. People were avoiding them, even their own family, so really, information is a big cure, so as to stop people from judging PLHIV.
    Faustine is quite familiar. Is his nickname Padge? Because i’ve seen iwitness’ documentary #PadyakAllTheWay and they featured PedalForHIV, if i’m not mistaken. 🙂

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  7. As a former Isolation nurse, I could very much relate to people living with HIV. I hope everyone stops discriminating them and instead participate in causes such as what you have here. Congratulations on this 🙂

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