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The City of Lorca, for the first time, will pay tribute to the victims of HIV on World AIDS Day (29/11/2019)

Volunteers of the Red Cross Youth and the LGTBIQ collective will carry out educational activities and carry out the distribution of brochures, posters, 1,000 pocket calendars, 2,000 red ribbons, as well as 3,000 condoms.

The Councilors of Health and Diversity of the City of Lorca, José Ángel Ponce and Antonia Pérez, together with the president of the LOR + LQTBIQ collective, Rubén Benítez, and the president of the Red Cross Youth, Ángela Guerrero, presented this morning the activities organized on the occasion of the World Day for the Fight against AIDS.

Ponce has announced that "next Sunday, December 1, World AIDS Day is commemorated and, to continue raising awareness about this disease, the Department of Health, Equality and Oenegés of the City of Lorca as well as members of the Red Cross Lorca Youth and the city's LOR + LGTBIQ collective have collaborated closely to launch a series of activities. "

The Edil explained that "today two informative tables have been installed, one in the Alameda de la Constitución and another, here, at the door of the Town Hall where, until 1 pm, we can obtain all the information about this disease and red ribbons, the symbol of the celebration of this World Day The objective of this initiative is to eliminate the social stigmatization and discrimination that people with HIV continue to suffer today and raise awareness among the population, especially young people, of the importance of prevention to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. "

Ponce Díaz added that "tomorrow, Saturday, November 30, between 23 and 1:30 hours an information table will be installed in Lorca Plaza and from which the volunteers of both groups will carry out educational activities and carry out the distribution of brochures , posters, 1,000 pocket calendars, 2,000 red ribbons, as well as 3,000 condoms. "

The Councilor for Health has stressed that "for the first time in our municipality, a tribute to the victims of AIDS will be held, an act that will take place on December 1, the official day of the celebration in the Plaza Calderón de la Boat at 11 o'clock. "

Ponce stressed that "during the period 2009 2018, the cases of contagion attributed to homosexual relationships have been reduced by half while, on the contrary, in heterosexual relationships has increased considerably, exceeding 80 percent of the new cases detected and highlighting the spread in men between 25 and 39 years old "and has highlighted the" importance of an early diagnosis, as well as continuing to work on social awareness. "

The Edil has also offered the possibility of carrying out different sex education workshops in the educational centers of the municipality that so request in order to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases "and has advanced that" we are going to ask the Ministry of Health of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia the implementation of 'Edusex', a program on emotional and sexual health for adolescents to be developed in Secondary Education Centers throughout the municipality of Lorca. "

José Ángel Ponce also recalled "the commitment made during the celebration of the last Municipal Plenary to place a monument, in one of the parks of the city, in memory of people killed by the HIV virus."

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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