Monday, December 16, 2013

Philippine Congress tackle ammendments to the AIDS law

In Observance of World AIDS Day (WAD), December 2, a parliamentarian in the House of Representatives Honorable Ibarra M. Gutierrez III of the Akbayan Citizens' Action Party, who filed a bill to amend the 1998 AIDS Law gave a privilege speech on HIV and the need to update the law. At least 4 other authors opened the "Yest to Test", a three day Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) in the grounds of the House of Representatives, by taking an HIV test and speak against stigma and discrimination.

On December 10, the House of representatives' Committe on Health heard the seven (7) bills filed on HIV and agreed to the consolidation of the bills through the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the main authors. Members of Parliament who were in attendance of the Committee meeting signified their interest to co-author the consolidated bill. UNAIDS was invited to provide comments to the bills based on policies and evidence.

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