The Sorority also invited 3 speakers: Sir Jurgen Rushell G. Rapacon, Sir Robert Ignacio Lim, and Dr. Rossana A. Ditangco. Sir Jurgen Rapacon is a DOH-certified HIV, AIDS, and STI Peer Educator and Counselor who used acronyms like HIV 101 in 20 (minutes) and 6 numbers: 344801 corresponding to the 3 modes of transmission, 4 body fluids of HIV infection, 4 principles of a successful HIV transmission, 8 preventive strategies, 0 discrimination and 1 advocacy. It was truly an effective way of remembering the medical concepts about HIV and AIDS.
The last speaker, Dr. Rossana Ditangco, a medical specialist and HIV Research Program Lead at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), had a free-flowing discussion about the very important role of the youth in preventing HIV / AIDS. She also emphasized how necessary it is to educate about the risky behaviors and appropriate intervention since the transmission of the virus is not exclusive to a certain type of population. She also opened the discussion on how risky behaviors may be manifestations of mental health and gender sensitivity concerns that also need to be addressed to prevent behaviors that may put individuals at risk for HIV.
This event was filled with high-yield lectures and discussions about HIV / AIDS to raise awareness especially among the youth so they may empower themselves with the correct knowledge and avenue for support. With the help of the speakers who took part in this advocacy, partner organizations and schools, the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority urges everyone to be aware, be informed, and be empoweRED.