CEBU CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA) -- To mark World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, LoveYourself, Inc. and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), together with 10 community-based organizations nationwide will conduct a national HIV testing day on Nov. 23.
Dubbed as Know Your Status (KYS) and Play or #KYSandPlay2019, this national HIV testing day entails a free, fast, and confidential HIV test in 19 test locations nationwide.
Interested registrants may visit this link for more information: bit.ly/KYSandPlay2019.
This collaboration with PETA aims to strengthen the awareness campaigns of community-based organizations through highlighting the #ActingOnHIV drive of the theater institution.
Theater performers are the primary ambassadors for the #KYSandPlay2019.
Jimi Marquez, one of the primary advocates of testing as well as an actor from PETA, explained, "When you're getting tested, it's a win-win situation if you think about it. If you're negative, you know you're practicing safe sex correctly. If you're positive, then you get to know what to do next."
Based on the Department of Health (DOH) report, there are around 1,111 newly confirmed cases of HIV cases July alone.
Fifty one percent of the cases were aged 25-34 years old, followed by 31 percent between 15-24 years old.
In the Visayas region, there are seven testing areas, namely: LoveYourself White House along Llorente street in Capitol Site, Cebu City; Atma Prema Community Center in Banilad, Cebu City; Watever KTV in Lapu-Lapu; Sunflower KTV in Parkmall, Mandaue; Barangay Poblacion Park in Talisay; Rajah Community Center in Brgy. Maria Clara, Iloilo City; and kNOwTell Health and Wellness Lounge in Robinsons Place, Iloilo City.
#KYSandPlay2019 is the fifth of its kind in the HIV testing movement from various community organizations that is supported by Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. (smb/PIA7 with PR from LoveYourself Cebu)