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DOH offers HIV testing for pregnant women

By: Julie M. Aurelio Philippine Daily Inquirer January 20, 2018 The Department of Health (DOH) is urging pregnant women in Metro Manila and Cebu City to avail themselves of free human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing at health centers in their communities. Dr. Gerard Belimac, program manager of the DOH’s National HIV-STI Prevention Program, said pregnant women could be tested for HIV as part of their prenatal check-up. He said an HIV test, voluntary under the law, is similar to testing for syphilis or hepatitis. “We won’t force them. But we are not closing doors to them. In their next prenatal…

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