With the theme "Ligtas Buntis, Ligtas Sanggol Laban sa HIV at Syphilis" the Provincial Government of Bulacan conducted awareness campaign about Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This was held at the Provincial Capitol Gym this May 2, 2016 which is in accordance to the International AIDS memorial and in unison with the largest grassroots movement to end HIV epidemic. The campaign was led by the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Jocelyn E. Gomez. Invited guest Mr. Celestino Ramirez HIV Master Trainer from Dept. of Health (DOH) gave insights on Discrimination & Stigma Reduction. Among the topic discussed were the causes of the virus; how it can be transmitted to other people; how it weakens your immune system, how it affects the lives of people. Testimonies were shared by HIV victims to show proof that people living with HIV can be mainstreamed to our society and can continue to have normal lives.
This was followed by the candle lighting ceremony and a prayer to reduce HIV cases and end the epidemic. Through the effort of Provincial Government and Provincial AIDS council, the community must be engaged, be educated and be empowered