Cebu joins National HIV Testing Day

FOUR cities in Cebu join the National HIV Testing Day, dubbed Know Your Status (KYS) and Play (#KYSandPlay2019), on Nov. 23 starting from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at various testing sites nationwide. #KYSandPlay2019, which offers free, fast and confidential HIV tests, is led by LoveYourself Inc. and the Philippine Educational Theater Association, in partnership with several community-based organizations (CBOs) across the country that provide HIV-related services.

Interested individuals may register at bit.ly/KYSandPlay2019. Choose among five testing sites in Cebu that will be participated in by LoveYourself Inc., Bisdak Pride and the Talisay City LGBT Bangaw Federation. In Cebu City, LoveYourself will hold HIV screening activities at LoveYourself White House located at #40 J. Llorente St., Capitol Site, and Bisdak Pride will have Atma Prema community center at Jasper Apartment M-5, Orchid St., El Dorado Subdivision in Banilad.

LoveYourself will also put up HIV screening sites at Sunflower Bistro and KTV in Parkmall in Mandaue City, and Watever KTV at The Outlets in Lapu-Lapu City. Also, the Talisay City LGBT Bangaw Federation will spearhead testing activities at the Barangay Poblacion Park in Talisay City.

In the latest report of the Department of Health, there are 35 newly diagnosed HIV cases per day in the Philippines. Central Visayas is one of the regions with the highest number of HIV cases with 78 new ones in June 2019.

The nationwide event is also supported by Pilipinas Shell Foundation Incorporated and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. (PR)