- NYC chair Aiza Seguerra wants to allow minors as young as 15 to have access to HIV-AIDS testing sans parents’ consent
- Under the law, people below 18 must first secure the permission of their parents before they could be tested
- NYC launched “Virus Ends with Us” to wipe out the stigma of HIV-AIDS
National Youth Commission chairperson Aiza Seguerra wants minors as young as 15 years old to have access to human immunodeficiency virus-acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS) testing.
Seguerra is urging Congress to lower the age requirement for minors to have themselves tested without the need for their parents’ consent. She noted that under the law, people below 18 years old must first secure their parents’ consent before they could be tested and receive treatment for HIV-AIDS.
She cited the Department of Health’s statistics that said 29 new cases of HIV-AIDS are recorded everyday and that many of those infected with HIV are young people – 15-24 years old.
“The face of HIV is the youth. We at the National Youth Commission believe that there is a need to disseminate the correct information about HIV. Let’s admit that we have different views about HIV and that most of the time, we avoid people who are HIV-positive,” the Inquirer quoted Seguerra as saying.
She said the NYC launched an umbrella campaign “that aims to wipe out the stigma with the help of the youth, the parents, educators, people living with HIV and celebrity endorsers.” The campaign is called “Virus Ends with Us.”