Bohol aims to cut HIV cases into half

Published: December 11, 2011

TAGBILARAN CITY – A council in Bohol against the spread of Human Immune Virus (HIV) picks ten goals as targets for accomplishment through 2015.

While most of these goals reflect the global effort to rouse international awareness about the almost always fatal virus, the goals include ambitious reduction into half sexual transmission of HIV, AIDS related maternal deaths, TB deaths among people with HIV, countries that have counter-productive practices on HIV transmission and those that ban entry, stay and residence of HIV victims.

This as the Provincial HIV/Acquired Immunity Disease Syndrome Multi-Sectoral Council (PHAMSC) has identified these goals after a series of workshops and planning activities, says Mila Israel, program coordinator.

First, the council, which has been largely coordinating efforts to spread the word said, they want to reduce by half sexual transmission of HIV, its attention beamed on young people, men who have sex with men and commercial sex workers.

In its 2011 strategic planning workshop, the council stressed that the campaign would be focused in schools, out of school work environments with the end goal of organizing young advocates, she shared.

In fact, to kick off the campaign, the council conducted the HIVAIDS Quiz Bee for city high schools to open up more creative avenues for information dissemination and spreading.

In a hand-out leaflet distributed during the World AIDS Day Celebration at the Island City Mall, the council also pegs an ambitious reduction into half, AIDS related maternal deaths including the elimination of the transmission of HIV from mother to infant.

Also at the recent Kapihan sa PIA, Israel bared that aside from the two major goals, the council also aims to prevent new HIV infections among people who use drugs and, fourth; attain universal access to anti-retroviral therapy to people living with HIV and eligible for treatment.

Israel explained that HIV AIDS is global concern, in unity with its global partners, the council aims to reduce by half tuberculosis deaths among people living with HIV.

Sixth, the council said in as much as households affected by HIV ought to gain access to care and support, national and social protection strategies are addressed.

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