FPOP concurs with JMCFI for HIV/AIDS awareness campaign

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Cognizant of the continuing highest number of HIV/AIDS cases logged in the region, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) conducted a symposium in partnership with Jose Maria College Foundation, Inc. (JMCFI).

As Davao Region Department of Health (DOH) tallied 84 cases in February this year alone, this led the FPOP to organize a symposium that raises awareness among young people.

Isaih John C. Guanzon, a graduating student of UM pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, and an active community-based screening motivator and peer educator, energetically kicked off the session with an engaging icebreaker, featuring group quiz and a pre-test to gauge students’ prior knowledge on HIV/AIDS.

He then proceeded in sharing his profound insights on HIV/AIDS awareness, underlining the importance of the context. He emphasized on the misconceptions circling around the issues of HIV.

Bryner Selibio, a second-year BSED-English student, posed a question: “What’s the message you’d like to convey to foster sensitivity and eliminate the misconception that only LGBTQIA+ community members, especially gay individuals, are the sole victims of HIV/AIDS?”

“I understand your perspective because we share a common view, but it’s not about your identity; it’s about your actions,” Isaih John C. Guanzon, the resource speaker responded.

With the students actively and enthusiastically participating in various activities, namely, poster making per college department, group quizzes, and pre-tests, the FPOP generously sponsored snacks and refreshments, in addition to the prizes that they will give to be announced on their official Facebook page.

The determination of the Department of Health to address the issue on the persistently high number of HIV/AIDS cases in the region, tallied by the Davao Region Department of Health (DOH) in February of this year alone has led the agency to direct the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) to conduct the aforementioned symposium to young adults like the active students of JMCFI, believing that in one way or another, understanding and awareness on HIV/AIDS is spread, not the virus.

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