At least 17 young people trained to conduct HIV and AIDS awareness, education, and prevention drive in communities and schools were introduced at the launching of â€˜I AM POSITIVEâ€™ campaign at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel in Manila over the weekend.
The Youth AIDS Filipinas Alliance, Inc. (YAFA) trained these young people early this year to become active advocates of the HIV and AIDS program. They will be able to use their talents and skills to disseminate information on HIV prevention among their peers; support the young people’s access to health services; and help eliminate stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV.
The â€˜I am POSI+IVEâ€™ campaign has already visited schools in Tacloban City, some municipalities of Leyte (Eastern Visayas) and Zamboanga City (Western Mindanao).
The campaign, supported by MTV Staying Alive Foundation, HIV Young Leaders Fund and other partners such as the Manila Social Hygiene Clinic, will run until the end of 2011.
For those who are interested to bring the campaign to their schools or communities may contact YAFA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (02) 489-9077.
What is YAFA. YAFA or Youth AIDS Filipinas Alliance is a national youth organization working on HIV and AIDS as well as sexual and reproductive rights issues. It exists to help in reducing HIV infections among Filipino youths, eliminating HIV-related stigma and discrimination towards key-affected young people, and advocating for the rights of young people to meaningfully involve at various levels of HIV & AIDS response.
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