As part of its corporate social responsibility and advocacy programs, Foundation University College of Nursing held a free HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) testing last March 11 at the Nursing Arts Room.
Done in coordination with the Negros Oriental Integrated Provincial Health Office, the activity encouraged the participation of staff, faculty and students in order to know of one’s status. The College of Nursing also contacted business process outsourcing units in Dumaguete for their employees to avail of the said free testing.
Dr. John Robert General, the current dean stated in his email, “It has been a known fact that HIV is on the rise in the Asia Pacific Region, particularly in the Philippines. Recent data from the Department of Health show that there are 31 newly diagnosed cases of HIV daily. This number remains conservative as many are not yet tested.”
Debriefing sessions and counseling every after testing was done along with the observation of utmost confidentiality and anonymity.