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Philippine United Methodist Church and HIV/AIDS

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Participants of the HIV/AIDS forum in the Philippines pose during the event. The Rev. Donald Messer (second from right), top executive for the Center for Health and Hope and member of the executive committee for the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, was a speaker. Photo by Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UMNS.

“We are gathering for this conference today because we want to create an AIDS-free generation,” Messer said. “Fortunately, the Philippines is making strides in that direction and you can help be a leader in making that possible.” 
Messer commended the Philippines, the churches and the universities for breaking the silence about HIV and AIDS and giving urgent attention to the issues of HIV education, prevention, care and treatment.
HIV and AIDS is increasing in the Philippines. Messer said in many places in the world young people are often forgotten and excluded from education and planning about HIV/AIDS.
“An estimated 2,100 young people are daily infected with HIV around the world,” he said.