Health dept wants HIV screening in Galera
The Department of Health has conducted a five-day HIV screening in Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro in a bid to raise awareness among residents and tourists alike.
DoH regional director Eduardo Janairo said local residents are encouraged to undertake voluntary screening to give them better access to services such as counselling and treatment.
“I also encourage residents and also visitors to join the HIV seminars to gain more knowledge and further understand the virus to prevent its spread in the community,” Janairo said.
As of April 14, at least 153 residents underwent voluntary screening, while a total of 2,880 condoms and 2,400 lubes were distributed.
There are six available testing clinics located in Puerto Galera—three in Sabang and three in White Beach.
Janairo said Puerto Galera is one of the most visited places in the country during the Lenten season, especially by the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community.
“We must exercise vigilance, practice safety and always use protection,” he said.
The event, which ran from April 12-16, was done in partnership with Project Red Ribbon Care Management Foundation, Inc.