ILOILO CITY: This southern city was recently chosen by the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) Iloilo Chapter and the United Nations International Children’s Fund (Unicef) Philippines to pilot a project partnership on “All in UNICEF and adolescent development and participation: Integrated SRH and HIV service delivery for adolescents.” Mona Diones, FPOP chapter program manager, said the first partners and stakeholders meeting will be held on August 2, 2016. The prevailing problem will be presented with evidence and latest updates on HIV data on adolescents and young people with a project presentation and the discussion on possible role and technical assistance of agencies concerned. The 2015 Integrated HIV Behavioral and Serologic Survey report for Iloilo City showed an increase in the number of adolescents and young people engaging in risky sexual behaviors, resulting in prevalence of human immune virus (HIV) among the youth. In April 2016, a total of 26 individuals were diagnosed with HIV in Western Visayas, of which 13 cases came from Iloilo City. A total of 565 cases were reported in Iloilo province with 329 cases in Iloilo City among young people, ages 15-24 and mostly young males and transgenders having sex with other males.
Lydia C. Pendon