DAVAO CITY- The Davao City Council is looking into the possibility of including condoms in the vending machines inside public restrooms.
This was revealed by Councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte, chair of the City Council Committee on Health.
“I will study the matter and consult an expert, especially that Davao City is included in the top 10 list of cities with highest HIV cases in the country. Other countries already have condoms in public restrooms, so that if the need arises, you can have an easy access,” said Villafuerte, a medical doctor.
She added easy access to condoms could eliminate the risk of acquiring HIV.
“I will have to study on it and consult my colleagues and probably pursue it,” she said.
From January to June this year, 230 people tested positive for HIV and undergoing treatment at the Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC) under the city government.
Villafuerte said that the city needs new strategies to help lessen the chances of acquiring the virus.
On December 1, the City Health Office together with Dr. Emmanuel Baja of the University of Mindanao will launch a game app which will advocate awareness of HIV.
“The game has a story which will tackle on the different things that you can do if you tested positive for HIV. This will teach you that life doesn’t end there,” Baja said.
The game, named Battle in the Blood, has 90 levels. Each level will help people understand about HIV and what you can do to stay healthy.
The game also has different stories about the different ways of acquiring the virus such as same sex relationships, mother and child transmission and more.
“This game app is a new strategy that opens our hopes of probably lowering the number of those people who acquires the virus,” Villafuerte said. PNA
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