Provincial Government of Bulacan

Bulacan commemorates International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

CITY OF MALOLOS — The Provincial Government of Bulacan commemorated the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial earlier today at The Pavilion in Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center here by raising awareness and encouraging support in the fight against HIV and AIDS. 

A message of solidarity was delivered by Provincial Health Officer Annie Balingit from the Provincial Health Office – Public Health and presented before the thousands in attendance during the Monday Flag Raising Ceremony the symbolic red ribbon emblematic of the ongoing battle against HIV and AIDS.

Balingit underscored Bulacan’s dedication in providing accessible healthcare services, particularly through mobile healthcare services, and advocated for the rights of individuals living with and affected by HIV. 

Bulacan Gov. Daniel R. Fernando also reaffirmed the province’s commitment to fostering a workplace environment free from the shackles of HIV-related stigma and discrimination. 

Serving as an annual tribute to the lives lost to AIDS, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial drew participants and gathered to offer prayers adorned with candles and a prominent red ribbon.

The memorial also served as a platform to recognize the unwavering dedication of those who tirelessly support individuals affected by HIV, aiming to mobilize communities in solidarity. 

With approximately 38 million people living with HIV worldwide, the event aimed to break down barriers of stigma and discrimination, offering hope to new generations.

HIV can spread through the interchange of several bodily fluids, including blood, breast milk, semen, and vaginal secretions, according to the World Health Organization.

However, the risk of HIV infection can be reduced by limiting exposure to risk factors, including the correct and consistent use of condoms, and regular testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). ###