For many people, before you sleep with someone, the person they're sleeping with should be: hot, nice, has a pretty face, someone they love…etc. But for this particular group of people, they encourage everyone to know if the person you are sleeping with is clear of HIV, and if you yourself are clear of HIV.
According to DOH's recent study, there were 748 cases who tested positive this May 2015, which was 51% higher in comparison to last year's 495. [more about this study]
LoveYourself.Ph, a non-profit organization, is a movement formed as a response to this alarming increase of cases of HIV in the Philippines. They provide FREE testing services and confidential counseling. Just this year, from January to July, the group managed to help nearly 9,000 individuals know their HIV status through testing.
This past September 5-6, they relaunched their campaign #WearLoveForMoreLove. Participants buy LoveYourself shirts and pose in front of the camera. The participants pose to get the awareness up and do the smart thing of getting tested.
Internet Sensation Maria Sofia Love also lent her support during the event. By posing with the LoveYourself shirt and taking a selfie.
She has joined the ranks of other celebrities who have posed for the cause including: TV host and LGBT advocate Boy Abunda, award-winning film director Joey Reyes, comedian actor John Lapus, character actors Paulo Avelino and Rocco Nacino, Ms. International 2014 Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, and rights advocate Risa Hontiveros.
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*images are brought to you by loveyourself.ph