As the world marks World AIDS Day on December 1, Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd warned that the disease remains a threat with 21 cases reported every day.

Duque said that even as the country grapples with the coronavirus disease pandemic, the government and other sectors should also focus on the prevention and reduction of HIV transmission.

He added that the government will continue to provide quality care to Persons living with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) (PLHIV) and AIDS.

The Department of Health, together with the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC), marks World AIDS Day with the theme “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility”, which recognizes and celebrates the contribution of partners and stakeholders in the continuing response against HIV.

This year’s theme also recognizes the role played by health workers, civil organizations, PLHIV’s and various agencies in eliminating the stigma and discrimination, while providing accessible testing, treatment, care, and support for HIV/AIDS patients.

The virtual celebration of World AIDS Day will run from December 1 to 15.

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