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Reflecting on our Past, Preparing for our Future!

Since 1983, IACM (International AIDS Candlelight Memorial) is considered as the largest and one of the oldest grassroots movement for HIV, commemorated every 3rd week of May, with the following objectives:
a. To remember those who have died of AIDS related illnesses;
b. To show support to people living with HIV (PLHIVs); and
c. To recognize the importance of multi-sectoral intervention for strategic program implementation.

a. International Theme: “Reflecting on our Past, Preparing for our Future”.

This emphasizes the need for PLHIVs and those affected by HIV to join hands and reflect on the PAST, share their stories to educate the current and future generations, and together with partners and stakeholders, work to strengthen response to HIV and prepare the FUTURE free of stigma and discrimination and with access to prevention, treatment, care, and support services.

b. Local Advocacy Theme: Be Protected and Get Tested

This highlights the importance of being a responsible steward of one’s health, and strengthens the call to intensify and streamline HIV screening/testing in all groups and settings.

c. Reason why Central Luzon and why in the province of Bataan.

Central Luzon (CL) is contributing 9% of the national HIV epidemic and its existing programs, strategies, and multi-sectoral interventions and collaborations are worth noting and sharing---gearing towards HIV Responsive Communities and eventually an HIV Free Generation.

Why Bataan?

– Historically known to have a valiant culture, the country would want to have a statement of its strong commitment and courage in facing the problem of HIV with various stakeholders, conducive for streamlined program implementation
– This is also to showcase the political will for localized HIV interventions and the commendable efforts of the province in HIV prevention, treatment, care and support mechanisms

  1. HIV EPIDEMIOLOGY

Reporting Levels

Incidence and Prevalence Data

General Picture of the Demographics (as of February 2018

National

31 cases per day (March  2018) 

(52,280  cumulative cases from January 1984-March 2018)

Sex: Males (93%)

Age: 15-34 years old (79%)

Mode of Transmission: Sexual Transmission (95%)

Central Luzon

3 cases per day (February 2018)

 (4,640  cumulative cases from January 1984-February 2018)

Province of Bataan

229 cumulative cases from January 1984-February 2018

PROGRAMMATIC INTERPRETATION:

 The increasing number of cases is a major cause of concern, since it is exponential in nature (from 2 cases per day in 2008 to 32 cases per day in 2018).

  • However, this can be considered as an outcome of the different intensified awareness, aggressive program interventions, increase health seeking behaviour and service demand at the different levels of the community and with different groups .
  • HIV is non-discriminating. Hence, any person regardless of sex (sexual preference and gender identity), age, economic status, and any other societal demarcation can have or be affected by it. It is not about the person in general, but its exposure to risky behaviors.

Achieve the UN Fast Track 90-90-90 Targets:

  • 90% of PLHIVs should know their status
  • 90% of those who know their status should have sustained antiretroviral therapy
  • 90% of those in antiretroviral therapy should have durable viral suppression
  • Central Luzon has a prepared Service Delivery Network (SDN) for HIV and STIs prevention, treatment, care, and support
    • 16 HIV Treatment Centers (At least one per province)
    • 40 Social Hygiene Clinics/ Reproductive Health and Wellness Centers
    • 142 HIV Testing Centers (providing free services)
    • 9 Support Groups

HIV/AIDS Cases in Bataan

 Table 1. HIV/AIDS cases by Municipality/City

Municipality

Present Total cases

Abucay

12

Bagac

-

Balanga

44

Dinalupihan

33

Hermosa

19

Limay

18

Mariveles

41

Morong

-

Orani

16

Orion

11

Pilar

13

Samal

11

Total

229