True Love Waits Philippines, in cooperation with the Philippine Catholic HIV & AIDS Network (PhilCHAN), joins the advocacy to eliminate HIV/AIDS from our society and affirms abstinence and mutual fidelity as a fool-proof way to prevent further transmission.
Through the 2nd National AIDS Sunday on December 2, 2012, we hope that our message of sexual abstinence until marriage will be appreciated and understood by the youth and married couples. Understanding this message is key to preventing promiscuous sexual relations that so often becomes the highway of HIV/AIDS transmission.
The National AIDS Sunday theme from 2011 to 2015 “Getting to Zero. Be true. Stay true.” remains relevant as 9 Filipinos are infected daily with HIV. Already there are over 10,000 cases of HIV in our land with young Filipinos aged 15-24 comprising around one third of the new infections; eighty per cent of new cases were acquired through males having sex with other males; and 1 out of 10 cases are overseas Filipino workers. The number of HIV cases among injecting drug users is also on the rise.
Join us in spreading the HIV/AIDS Awareness in 2 ways:
1) In the Archdiocese of Manila, Bishop Pabillo will celebrate with the parishioners of Nuestra Senora de Guia parish in Ermita, Manila on December 2 at 6 o’clock in the evening. Fr. Sanny de Claro, the parish priest, invites all members of the Philippine Catholic HIV & AIDS Network, the HIV-positive community and other support groups to join the event. Red HIV ribbons will be distributed to symbolize everybody’s commitment to stop the spread of the virus and to eliminate stigma through correct information. For this purpose, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines produced an 8-minute HIV informative video which is downloadable from the website of CBCP-NASSA www.nassa.org.ph.*
2) Everyone’s online nowadays. And you can be part of stopping HIV/AIDS by raising awareness. On November 30 until December 2, join us in changing your profile photos or by posting this on your Facebook wall and friends’ walls: