Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lani Mercado, fellow solons get tested for HIV

POSTED ON 12/02/2013 2:21 PM  | UPDATED 12/02/2013 3:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines – There's no shame in getting tested.

To raise awareness on HIV prevention, 3 members of the House of Representatives underwent free HIV testing and counseling at a mobile clinic parked at the House of Representatives on Monday, December 2.

World AIDS Day was celebrated on Sunday, December 1.

Representatives Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr (Ifugao), Barry Gutierrez (Akbayan), and Lani Mercado-Revilla (Cavite) said they did this to highlight the importance of voluntary testing.

"What we did today is an attempt to show that there should be no stigma attached to HIV testing, to HIV treatment, to the spread and dissemination of HIV-related information and education," Gutierrez said. "We hope to take the crucial first steps towards preventing any further increase and hopefully to get us back on track on dealing with HIV."

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