Event: Project Headshot Clinic ACT!

Of all ways to prevent AIDS, awareness tops the list most ignored.
Enough with the talks, let's all ACT with Project Headshot Clinic.
Since 1,048 cases of HIV in 1984, the total number of reported to date is 5,472. Today, I joined the Project Headshot Clinic in partnership with UNAIDS to boost awareness campaign on the HIV and AIDS. According to the recent report of the National Epidemiology Center (NEC) of the Department of Health (DOH), in the month of August 2010 alone, 108 new HIV positive individuals were confirmed, 77% increase compared to the same period last year. Mr. Ryan Pinili, Online Peer Educator from the AIDS Society of the Philippines also mentioned that everyday, there are 4-5 new cases of HIV positive individuals reported at NEC. Mr. Niccolo Cosme's Project Headshot Clinic running for 3 years now helps boost awareness by giving profile pictures of media and concerned citizens a different look before the celebration of WORLD AIDS DAY on December 1. 

To date, there is no cure for HIV infection and AIDS. As a vital part of treatment and care, HIV positive individuals are dependent on antiretroviral therapy to prevent them from progressing into AIDS. Currently, antiretroviral drugs or ARV's are being given for free to HIV positive individuals through the help of the Global Fund. But the supply is estimated to last only until 2012. With this sad reality further engrossed with the careless and ignorant Filipinos into active and casual sex, this is one big reason TO BE INVOLVED. 
What you can do:
1. Support and attend AIDS/HIV seminars and trainings conducted in your community for awareness and early detection. A-Abstinence is one rarely followed by most individuals. B-Be mutually faithful. You may be faithful to your partner but your partner may not. C-Correct and Consistent Use of Condoms. You may be using condoms but slipping through incorrect procedure may be fatal to prevention. D-Do avoid drugs and alcohol. Being intoxicated will lead you to ignoring factors that may lead you to infection. Every rape and sexual intercourse reported usually happen when under the influence of alcohol. E-Early Detection and Education. Take the Test because the law prohibits any doctor or any medical institution from releasing the results of your HIV test so NO ONE may know for your own privacy and early detection. Early Detection will spare you HIV to progress to AIDS.
2. Read and educate yourself with AIDS and more of HIV information. Join Facebook and other social networking sites to help you share these important information to your family and friends. Your support to providing information may be detrimental to help alleviating the increase of AIDS and HIV infection in the country.
3. Support the Project Heashot Clinic, AIDS Society in the Philippines and Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) by participating in the awareness campaigns and celebrating the World AIDS Day. 
4. ACT now and Take the Test. 

There is no cure in AIDS and you are not spared from the HIV infection unless you ACT now!

For more information:
Project Headshot Clinic -is the flagship in employing unparalleled advocacy using digital photography as its main medium of representation and publicizes it through the presently prevailing social networks. The collaborating powers of both will further enhance awareness as last year’s UNAIDS supported Project Headshot Clinic: AWARE to spread the issues and facts of HIV/AIDS. “AWARE” took the internet by storm. It was able to spread consciousness and made more people aware of HIV/AIDS.
This year, UNAIDS and Project Headshot Clinic are working together to call for ACTION in fighting the spreading of HIV/AIDS.Learn more here.

Take the Test here:
Philippine General Hospital (PGH)
Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila
Dr. Jodor Lim & Ms. Dominga C. Gomez, HACT, SAGIP / PGH
Tel: (+632) 554-8400 local 3238
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)
Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Dr. Rossana A. Ditangco, Head, HIV Research Unit
Tel: (+632) 807-2628 or 38 local 801/208
San Lazaro Hospital (SLH)
Quiricada St., Sta. Cruz, Manila
Dr. Rosario Jessica Tactacan-Abrenica, Medical Specialist II / HACT Leader and Head, HIV/AIDS Pavilion
Tel: (+632) 309-9528 to 29; 740-8301 loc 6000
Manila Social Hygiene Clinic
2nd Floor of 208 Quiricada Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila
-screening takes place Mondays-Thrursdays Conatc 711-6942
Makati Social Hygiene Clinic
7th Floor, City Hall
J.P. Rizal St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
-screening takes place Monday to Friday -8-12 and 1-5pm, Contact 870-1615 and ask for "Tess" Pagcaliwagan, RN.
Mandaluyong Social Hygiene Clinic
Lerma St. Cor. Vicencio St. Old Zaniga, Mandaluyong
Pasig Social Hygiene Clinic
5th Floor Pasig City Hall Bldg. Karuncio Ave., Brgy. San Nicolas, Pasig City
Contact 642-7754 or 640-2058 look for Dennis Espina

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