By Zorayda Tecson
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Central Luzon Center for Health Development (CLCHD) of th Department of Health (DOH) encourages the public to promote and support its “Safe Love Campaign” rolled out in time for the celebration of Valentine’s Day this year.
The month-long campaign is a repackaged advocacy activity for condom and testing promotion at the community and workplace settings.
Joseph Michael Manlutac, DOH-CLSHD regional HIV program manager, said the campaign is another (human immunodeficiency virus/sexually transmitted infection (HIV/STI) advocacy activity that aims to normalize and lessen the stigma that comes along condom use and HIV testing in the community through the creation of safe spaces.
DOH-Central Luzon regional director, Dr. Cesar Cassion said they also encouraged communities to intensify efforts on prevention, testing intensification, treatment, initiation/adherence and health education.
Cassion said HIV advocacy is one critical public health program that needs to be continued even amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that various activities to promote more awareness and understanding of condom use and HIV testing such as webinars, orientations, online and outreach events are being conducted regionwide as part of a collaborative effort between the government, private sector, civil society and various stakeholders and partners, while observing the minimum health standards. (PNA)