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.
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.
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.
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!