By Analou De Vera
The health department (DOH) -Calabarzon recently & # 39; pear training training on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for students in Bacoor City, Cavite.
The DOH-Calabarzon said they were targeting students for the mentioned workshop, to "report more new HIV cases among adolescents between the ages of 12 and 24."
"We need to empower our students and give them the right information about the basis of HIV / AIDS for them to prevent the virus," said Dr. Michael Angelo Marquez, medical officer III and head of Bacoor City Social Hygiene Clinic.
"We need to train them, increase their knowledge and encourage behavioral change to become an effective messenger among their peers for preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the school and community," he added.
The DOH-Calabarzon said that 161 students from various public and private schools in Bacoor had participated in the event.
"Peer training programs are effective ways to provide information on risk reduction because of trust and confidence. Young people rely on their peers for information and prefer to get information on most topics, including sensitive issues such as reproductive health and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), ”said Dr. Mary Grace Javier, Medical Officer of Department of Education Bacoor City.
According to DOH-Calabarzon, a total of 9,926 HIV / AIDS cases were included in the region from 1984 to April 2019.
“Provinces with the largest number of cases followed Cavite with 3,555 followed by Rizal with 2,667 and Laguna with 2,032. Batangas registered a total of 1,141 and Quezon with 531 cases, ”it happened.