Thursday, May 19, 2016

LoveYourself Incognito: HIV Testing Incorporating Stealth and Speed


LoveYourself, an HIV and AIDS awareness group, once again harnesses its experience in HIV testing by incorporating stealth and speed in its latest HIV testing event, LoveYourself Incognito, to be held on May 29, Sunday, at the Victoria Court Malate.


Through this innovation, the organization emphasizes its Tatak LoveYourself promise of service that is Iniingatan at Inaasikaso (being well-taken cared of) by carefully considering the needs of individuals in affected populations who may be anxious or uncomfortable to go out into the open and get themselves tested.


Simply register at go.loveyourself.ph/incognito and head to the HIV screening venue where you will have to go through three short and simple steps lasting no more than 15 minutes:


1.     Be Anonymous: Upon your arrival at Victoria Court Malate, you will get a number and unique identifier code.


2.     Take the Test: you will undergo a rapid screening by getting your finger pricked to get just two (2) drops of blood.


3.     Have the Results: you will only spare 5 minutes for counseling on safer sex practices to lower your risk of HIV infection and for your results.



While it is as simple as that, you can expect the same quality of services that you can avail in LoveYourself’s clinics, Anglo and Uni. Moreover, take advantage of Incognito’s speedier and streamlined  process while feeling secure with the same level of confidentiality, care, and support provided in LoveYourself’s clinics. Indeed, the rule of military secrecy, "What you see, what you hear, when you leave, leave it here", will be implemented strictly in Incognito.


But here are more details you need to know:


FOR FREE: LoveYourself’s HIV screening service is totally free of charge. You will only need to spend for the transportation going to venue.


FOR ALL: This event is not only for men who have sex with men. It is also open for people of all ages, genders, and orientations.

FOR DIRECTION: Here are the map and directions on how you can get to Victoria Court Malate.

How To Get To Victoria Court Malate For LoveYourself Incognito

Congratulations for taking the brave step to know your HIV status with LoveYourself Incognito on May 17. Before anything else, make sure you register to ensure a slot. 

On the day itself, proceed to Victoria Court Malate between 10AM to 7PM. You are encouraged to print the map below or save the photo on your mobile phone for reference. Read on for more details on how to get to the location.



Exact Address
Victoria Court Malate 2184 Madre Ignacia Street corner Quirino Avenue, Malate, Manila.

From the LRT - Quirino Station / Taft Avenue
- It is a 10-minute walk from LRT-Quirino Station / Taft Avenue
- Or you can take a public transportation vehicle going through Quirino Avenue and ask them to drop you off at Victoria Court Malate. It should be on the right side.

From Roxas Boulevard
- It is a 5-minute walk from Roxas Boulevard
- Or you can take a public transportation vehicle going through Quirino Avenue and ask them to drop you off at Victoria Court Malate. It should be on the left side, and you might need to cross the street.

Landmarks
Victoria Court Malate is facing the Manila Zooligical and Botanical Garden.

Google Maps
Search for "Hotel Victoria De Malate" on the Google Maps app or website to get a detailed map of the vicinity.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

LoveYourself Observes first ever "AIDS Hour" in the Philippine AIDS Candlelight Memorial (PIACM)

The Philippines conducted the world’s first AIDS Hour last May 14, Saturday at the Liwasang Aurora of the Quezon City Memorial Circle. Starting 6 pm to  7 pm in the evening, people gathered to observe AIDS Hour as part of the 33rd International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (IACM), to remember those who have succumbed and passed on due to HIV/AIDS. The project is spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH) in coordination with local government units.


This year, IACM was renamed to the Philippine International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (PIACM) to allude to local efforts addressing the HIV epidemic in the country. Latest data released by the Department of Health in the HIV/AIDS Registry of the Philippines (HARP) reveals a dramatic increase in the number of people infected over the same period last year and the year before. While 17 people were infected daily in 2014, the number has increased by almost 50% with 25 people being infected daily as of March 2016.


One of the highlights of the program was a pledge of commitment to end the stigma and shame associated with being infected by the virus, to increase awareness and educate the general public about the virus and the disease, and to encourage those who are living with the virus to actively seek treatment. LoveYourself volunteers were present in the venue to partake in the symbolic pledge and in other activities, including a photo booth. The Quezon Memorial was lit in various colors with slogans from the pledges to denote the diversity of organizations and people working for the cause of HIV, and unity through the all-encompassing pledge.

LoveYourself has been conducting awareness programs and free HIV screening services as part of its contributions to stave off the progress of the epidemic. Earlier this year, LoveYourself launched its NEX+ CHAP+ER program, a treatment and life coaching program for people living with HIV (PLHIV) as well as its “inaasikaso at inaalagaan” brand of service to expand the scope and improve the quality of its services. For more information about LoveYourself, please click here.


Photos by: Raybert Domingo

Thursday, May 12, 2016

How To Get To LoveYourself Uni


Fast Facts:

Nearest Train Station: LRT1-Gil Puyat
Nearest Bus Terminals: DLTB Bus Terminal, BBL Bus Terminal; Pacita Liner Terminal
Bus Routes: Alabang-Lawton (via Taft Avenue)
FX Routes: Monumento-Taft/Buendia; Cubao-Taft/Buendia; Fairvew/PHILCOA-Taft/Buendia; Quiapo-Taft/Buendia; Divisoria-Taft/Buendia
Jeepney Routes: Baclaran-Divisoria; Baclaran-Sta. Cruz; Baclaran-Quiapo
Nearby Places: LRT1-Gil Puyat Station, Atrium Suites, Arellano University, BBL Bus Station, Cartimar Shopping Center, EGI Shopping Mall, JAM Bus Station, Pacita Liner Terminal, Tritran Bus Station


Commuting Routes:

From Caloocan:

Route 1: LRT
  1. Take the LRT1 and get off at Gil Puyat station.
  2. LoveYourself Uni is at the 2nd floor of the building where Mercury Drug is (Taft northbound), right beside the station.


Route 2: FX
  1. From Monumento, ride an FX to Taft/Buendia.
  2. Get off at the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and Taft. You will see a Mercury Drug (along Taft northbound) at your left, LoveYourself Uni is at the same building on the 2nd floor.


From Las Piñas:

  1. From Alabang-Zapote Road, ride a jeep to Manuela Metropolis Alabang (Metropolis Mall).
  2. From Manuela Metropolis Alabang (Metropolis Mall), ride a bus to Lawton via Taft Ave.
  3. Get off at the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and Taft. You will see a Mercury Drug (along Taft northbound). LoveYourself Uni is at the same building on the 2nd floor.


From Makati:

Route 1: MRT-LRT1
  1. Take the MRT to Taft terminal station.
  2. Walk through the connecting foot bridge towards LRT1-EDSA station.
  3. Take the LRT1 and get off at Gil Puyat station.
  4. LoveYourself Uni is at the 2nd floor of the building where Mercury Drug is (Taft northbound), right beside the station.
Route 2: Jeep-LRT1
  1. From Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. (Buendia), ride a jeep to LRT/Taft.
  2. Get off at the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and Taft. Walk to Taft Avenue extension (northbound, direction towards DLSU Manila), you will see a Mercury Drug to your right.. LoveYourself Uni is at the same building on the 2nd floor.
Route 3: Jeep-MRT-LRT1
  1. From Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. (Buendia), ride a jeep to Guadalupe, and get off at MRT-Buendia.
  2. Take the MRT to Taft terminal station.
  3. Walk through the connecting foot bridge towards LRT1-EDSA station.
  4. Take the LRT1 and get off at Gil Puyat station.
  5. LoveYourself Uni is at the 2nd floor of the building where Mercury Drug is (Taft northbound), right beside the station.


From Mandaluyong/Pasig:

  1. Take the MRT to Taft terminal station.
  2. Walk through the connecting foot bridge towards LRT1-EDSA station.
  3. Take the LRT1 and get off at Gil Puyat station.
  4. LoveYourself Uni is at the 2nd floor of the building where Mercury Drug is (Taft northbound), right beside the station.


From Manila:

Route 1: LRT1
  1. Take the LRT1 and get off at Gil Puyat station.
  2. LoveYourself Uni is at the 2nd floor of the building where Mercury Drug is (Taft northbound), right beside the station.
Route 2: LRT2-LRT1
  1. Take the LRT2 to Recto terminal station.
  2. Walk through the connecting foot bridge towards LRT1-Doroteo Jose station.
  3. Take the LRT1 and get off at Gil Puyat station.
  4. LoveYourself Uni is at the 2nd floor of the building where Mercury Drug is (Taft northbound), right beside the station.
Route 3: Bus
  1. From Lawton, ride a bus to Alabang via Taft Ave.
  2. Get off about 30m before the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and Taft. You will see a Mercury Drug (along Taft northbound) to your left. LoveYourself Uni is at the same building on the 2nd floor.
Route 4: FX
  1. From Taft, ride an FX to Buendia.
  2. Get off about 30m before the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and Taft. You will see a Mercury Drug (along Taft northbound) to your left.  LoveYourself Uni is at the same building on the 2nd floor.
Route 5: FX
  1. From Quiapo/Divisoria, ride an FX to Taft/P. Ocampo (Vito Cruz)/Buendia.
  2. Get off about 30m before the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and Taft. You will see a Mercury Drug (along Taft northbound) to your left. LoveYourself Uni is at the same building on the 2nd floor.
Route 6: Jeep
  1. From Divisoria/Sta. Cruz/Quiapo, ride a jeep to Taft/Buendia/Baclaran.
  2. Get off about 30m before the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and Taft. You will see a Mercury Drug (along Taft northbound) to your left. LoveYourself Uni is at the same building on the 2nd floor.


From Muntinlupa:

  1. From Manuela Metropolis Alabang (Metropolis Mall), ride a bus to Lawton via Taft Ave.
  2. Get off at the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and Taft. You will see a Mercury Drug (along Taft northbound).. LoveYourself Uni is at the same building on the 2nd floor.


From Parañaque/Pasay:

Route 1: LRT1
  1. Take the LRT1 and get off at Gil Puyat station.
  2. LoveYourself Uni is at the 2nd floor of the building where Mercury Drug is (Taft northbound), right beside the station.
Route 2: FX
  1. From Taft, ride an FX to Monumento, Cubao, Fairview/PHILCOA, Quiapo (via Taft Ave.), or Divisoria (via Taft Ave.).
  2. Get off at the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and Taft. You will see a Mercury Drug (along Taft northbound). LoveYourself Uni is at the same building on the 2nd floor.
Route 3: Jeep
  1. From Baclaran/Buendia, ride a jeep to Divisoria, Sta. Cruz, or Quiapo (via Taft Ave.).
  2. Get off at the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and Taft. You will see a Mercury Drug (along Taft northbound). LoveYourself Uni is at the same building on the 2nd floor.


From Quezon City:

Route 1: MRT-LRT1
  1. Take the MRT to Taft terminal station.
  2. Walk through the connecting foot bridge towards LRT1-EDSA station.
  3. Take the LRT1 and get off at Gil Puyat station.
  4. LoveYourself Uni is at the 2nd floor of the building where Mercury Drug is (Taft northbound), right beside the station.
Route 2: LRT2-LRT1
  1. Take the LRT2 to Recto terminal station.
  2. Walk through the connecting foot bridge towards LRT1-Doroteo Jose station.
  3. Take the LRT1 and get off at Gil Puyat station.
  4. LoveYourself Uni is at the 2nd floor of the building where Mercury Drug is (Taft northbound), right beside the station.
Route 3: FX
  1. From Cubao/Fairview/PHILCOA, ride an FX to Taft/Buendia.
  2. Get off about 30m before the corner of Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and Taft. You will see a Mercury Drug (along Taft northbound) to your left. LoveYourself Uni is at the same building on the 2nd floor.


From Taguig:


  1. From the Fort Open Field, Market! Market!, or Net2, ride the Fort bus/shuttle to Ayala.
  2. Take the MRT to Taft terminal station.
  3. Walk through the connecting foot bridge towards LRT1-EDSA station.
  4. Take the LRT1 and get off at Gil Puyat station.
  5. LoveYourself Uni is at the 2nd floor of the building where Mercury Drug is (Taft northbound), right beside the station.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

LoveYourself Incognito, a free and anonymous HIV screening for men, set for May 29


"What you see, what you hear, when you leave, leave it here."


LoveYourself Incognito, the country's first community-based HIV screening for men that asks for no names, uses no forms, and is highly confidential, is set for May 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Victoria Court Malate

Incognito, with its strictly confidential and quick screening process, is part of LoveYourself's efforts to reach out to the key-affected population that still suffers from the stigma of getting themselves tested for HIV - because they do not want their identities exposed. The process is patterned after similar successful screenings in Thailand (Suck, Fuck, Test) and the United States. 

LoveYourself assures that even with a quicker screening process, Incognito will give out results that are as reliable as past whole-day testing events since the same rapid test kits in LoveYourself clinics will be used. The 3rd generation rapid test has 100% accuracy for non-reactive clients.  

No names need to be given and no forms need to be signed for the screening. Clients will only provide a Unique Identifier Code (UIC) and contact information when registering. Only when a client gets a reactive result in the rapid test will his full information be required for the Paperless Personal Information Sheet (DOH-NEC form). This is necessary to confirm the client's status and so that he can be referred to treatment facilities. 

In addition, clients will only need to wait for 15-20 minutes to get their results - that is if their result is non-reactive. Like mentioned earlier, when a client does not get a non-reactive result during the screening process, he will have to undergo the normal HIV testing process for confirmation, which could take two hours.

During the waiting period, clients will be briefed about the screening process and HIV information materials will be distributed. Snacks will also be served. 

Those interested may register at go.loveyourself.ph/incognito.