This article was reported by the Philippine Information Agency_._
The Philippine Information Agency reported that Ilocos Sur Town, a province in northern Philippines, has launched an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign to curb the spread of the disease. The campaign was created to comply with the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998, which recognized there are no political, social, or economic borders to the disease that has yet to be cured.
The educational campaign will discuss modes of transmission and prevention to curtail what some health experts believe is an impending epidemic. Community activities include local leaders, religious-based groups, and village officials, as well as government and nongovernment organizations. The campaign focuses on families and will conduct awareness programs in schools, job sites, and communities, integrating other STDs as well.
The campaign will also target all public health personnel and medical workers to ensure proper HIV knowledge is uniform throughout the region. The national law also educates government workers, including military personnel, and requires attendance at a seminar prior to certification for working overseas.