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Chatbots, motorbikes: Southeast Asia HIV centers adapt to coronavirus

BANGKOK — Five days after a coronavirus lockdown was imposed in Manila, charity LoveYourself hired 20 former motorcycle taxi riders, gave them a crash course on HIV, and sent them off to deliver life-saving medication after signing confidentiality agreements.

Breaking the stigma of HIV and AIDS through short films

THE FILM Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has announced the entries for this year’s CineSpectra, a short film festival “that aim to break the stigmas on HIV and AIDS in the country,” according to a press release.

CHR points out inadequate supply of anti-HIV drugs

THE Commission on Human Rights(CHR) on Friday called out the government for the reported inadequate supply of medications for the treatment of people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV).

Artist Playground stages an OPM musical on HIV

IN ANCIENT Greece and Rome, roses were associated with the goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus. In Christianity, a red rose was associated with Christ’s death and sacrifice. For 21-year-old playwright Junine Ray “Rayne” Jarabo, a rose’s petals symbolize resilience while its thorns symbolize challenges.

Angels in America’s relevance

ANGELS IN AMERICA is about life and hope in the face of death and despair, and about our interconnectedness as a community and how we need to find a way to discuss our differences by finding common ground.”

Palace assures Duterte’s support for HIV law awaiting signature

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday assured the public that President Rodrigo R. Duterte supports the proposed HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018.

Children’s book writer fights the stigma of HIV-AIDS

ENZO, Gab, Chuchay, and Luis join a support group on social media under their online alter egos. Enzo starts a group chat and sets a date to meet with the group’s other members. At a coffee shop one day, they all get together because of something called “Pete.”

Group flags HIV-related discrimination in workplace even with legal penalties

DISCRIMINATION related to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is still predominant in the workplace, despite widespread awareness now on the illness, a labor organization reported.

Senate approves HIV AIDS Policy bill on second reading

THE Senate on Wednesday approved on second reading a proposed measure that would provide a stronger government response to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)...

HIV-infected workers forced to quit jobs, face discrimination due to lack...

THE Philippines’ labor department maintains no records of anti-discrimination cases filed by workers infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), New York-based Human Rights...

HIV infections level off at ‘worrying’ 2.5M a year: study

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA -- Some 2.5 million people are still becoming infected with HIV every year even as drugs have slashed the death rate...

The nation’s HIV status

By Zsarlene B. Chua Fewer people are becoming infected with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) around the world but the Philippines is, worryingly, trending in the...

HIV/AIDS and women in the Philippines

Medicine Cabinet — Reiner W. Gloor IT IS ALARMING how quickly the numbers of HIV/AIDS cases have risen in just the past few years here...

New clinic offers confidential, free HIV testing

HIV and AIDS awareness advocacy group LoveYourself, Inc. opened a new HIV testing clinic and community center on Feb. 17. The clinic, called LoveYourself...