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PSA: Here's Where You Can Get Free HIV Tests In Manila
According to a 2017 report, 30 people are diagnosed with HIV every day #EndTheStigma
by Khatrina Bonagua | Aug 28, 2018
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Last Saturday, August 25, Miss Universe 2015 and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific, Pia Wurtzbach, urged everyone to address the growing HIV epidemic in the Philippines.

"We live in a world where adolescents and young people, especially from key populations, are still left behind. We cannot fail to address their needs. I challenge the indifference and I call for action now," said Wurtzbach during the International Youth Day Conference held at the University of Makati.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), about 230 young people are newly infected with HIV in Asia and the Pacific every day. In 2017, almost half a million people, between ages 15 to 24, were living with HIV. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, young people account for 69 percent of new HIV infections, and 30 people are being diagnosed per day (based on 2017 data).

"We have miles to go to end AIDS in the Philippines and we need to equip young people with the right information and enable them to access services that are safe and responsive to their needs," Wurtzbach said.

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Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, was also there in the event.

"We need a critical change to respond to the dynamic shift of the HIV epidemic among young key populations, not only in the Philippines but in Asia and the Pacific," Murphy said. 

He adds: "We need the innovation and creativity of young people in designing HIV interventions that work for them and, at the same time, support their leadership in challenging structural barriers in accessing health services, including parental consent requirements for adolescents and the lack of comprehensive sexuality education."

Wurtzbach, Murphy, and everyone from UNAIDS are insisting everyone to end the stigma, and to start educating the young people about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) instead. 

"We need to highlight the need of young people for safe spaces to come together, hang out, and participate in decision-making processes. This includes in healthcare settings, which should be places of safety, free from stigma, discrimination, and violence," they shared.

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They also urged sexually-active individuals to get themselves tested. In case you're interested, below are three of the most recommended places in the metro where you can get tested for HIV for free:

San Lazaro Hospital
Quiricada St., Sta. Cruz, Manila
(02) 310-3128 

Love Yourself Anglo
Unit 5, 3/F, Anglo Building, #715-A Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.
0927-8926611

Love Yourself Uni
2028 Taft Avenue Extension, Pasay City
(02) 256-9384

On the other hand, here are other HIV screening and testing clinics with a fee:

Klinika Bernardo
Ermin Garcia St., Brgy. Pinagkaisahan, Quezon City
09324033412 

Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)
Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
(02) 807-2628 loc. 332

Philippine General Hospital
Taft Ave., Manila
(02) 554-8400 loc. 3249 

Sta. Ana Hospital
New Panaderos Street, Sta. Ana, Manila
(02) 516-6790 

Manila Social Hygiene Clinic
208 Quiricada St., Sta. Cruz, Manila
(02) 711-6942 

The Medical City / I-REACT Clinic
Ortigas Ave., Pasig City
(02) 988-1000 loc. 6765

Pasig City Treatment Hub (PATH)
CHAMP Bldg, Caruncho Ave, Pasig City
(02) 798-2572 

Makati Medical Center
#2 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
(02) 888-8999 loc. 2134 (CTTM) / 09178014314

St. Luke’s Medical Center—Global City
Rizal Drive cor. 32nd & 5th Ave.,Taguig City
(02) 789-7700

Marikina City Satellite Treatment Hub
Shoe Ave., Sto. Niño, Marikina City
(02) 948-8925 / 09175631722

Check out this link for the list of treatment hubs and satellites around the country. 

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