The National Youth Commission, in partnership with Shell Pilipinas, is spearheading an HIV testing activity at the 3rd Floor of the West Insula Building, #135 West Avenue, Quezon City on Monday, March 20, 2017 starting at 10:00 AM. The HIV testing is open to the public.
“This activity is aligned with our #VirusEndsWithUs advocacy campaign. It is one way of showing that the NYC is committed to this advocacy by strengthening partnerships with companies like Shell Pilipinas that is dedicated to provide support to the cause,” says Usec Aiza Seguerra, NYC Chairperson.
It is interesting to note that Shell Pilipinas, together with other international and local program partners has started its HIV advocacy campaign in 2009 under the Philippine Business Sector Response (PBSR) to HIV and AIDS.
Under the PBSR are three major activities, namely: HIV and AIDS dissemination campaign through HIV 101; drafting of HIV in the work place policy, and conduct of HIV testing and referral to Treatment Hubs.
“We are grateful to Shell Pilipinas and its institutional partners for tapping the NYC workplace as venue for the HIV testing. We hope that the public will be enticed to have themselves tested for HIV without fear or prejudice, Seguerra adds.
Just last month, the NYC launched its umbrella anti HIV campaign dubbed as #VirusEndsWithUs to remove the stigma about HIV testing and to encourage parents to find time for dialogue with their children.
“ The NYC anti HIV advocacy campaign is also a way to educate everyone, especially the youth that it isbest to undergo the HIV test at the soonest because there is nothing to be scared about it. We hope that other agencies will also follow our example until HIV testing becomes a universal practice,“ Seguerra points out.
It is NYC’s belief that if both the public and private sectors continuously collaborate to address the issue on HIV, the rising incidence of HIV infection among the youth population will eventually decrease if everyone considers getting tested. The time is now.