(L-R) Lucia Fresnillo, Kenny Rojohn Daffon, John Cleven Arquero, John April Limco, and Mojeer Akmad following the holding of a HIV/AIDS forum on March 2 at the Palawan State University. (Photo courtesy of John Cleven Arquero)

The Red Cross Youth Council (RCYC) in partnership with the Palawan State University (PSU) recently conducted a symposium on the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and substance abuse prevention in the city.

The event on Tuesday was aimed at raising the awareness of the PSU students on HIV/AIDS and to fight illegal drugs.

John Cleven Arquero, community HIV outreach worker and youth advocate, said he has been sharing his advocacy to the youth for four years already.

Arquero also encouraged the youth to have themselves tested for HIV/AIDS.

“Isa sa mga adbokasiya ko is to impart HIV awareness to the community especially sa mga LGBT kasi sila ang mas may high risk dito, para na rin lahat ng tao ay may alam. And I’m encouraging everyone to know their status po para ma-prevent agad it’ll be much better,” he pointed out.

The symposium also discussed illegal drugs and their effects on the youth.

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