Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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Hike for HIV @ Manabu Peak

Hike for a Cause Hike for HIV Hike for Love 2 Save Life Hiking HIV 101 HIV Awareness LoveYourSelfPh Manabu Peak Mountains Sto Tomas Batangas
Dare to Care and Share

Last Sunday our team hiked Manabu Peak for a special reason, to raised a fund and share awareness about Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

In collaboration with LoveYourSelf Philippines I conceptualized and organized this event through the help of Aldrin Lazo and April Benviaje that benefits this NGO that educate the society about HIV, conduct free HIV testing/counseling, share awareness and empower people about the essence of loving oneself.

What is HIV?

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a subgroup of retrovirus) that causes HIV infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). AIDS is a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. Without treatment, average survival time after infection with HIV is estimated to be 9 to 11 years, depending on the HIV subtype. Infection with HIV occurs by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, pre-ejaculate, or breast milk. Within these bodily fluids, HIV is present as both free virus particles and virus within infected immune cells.

HIV infects vital cells in the human immune system such as helper T cells (specifically CD4+ T cells), macrophages, and dendritic cells. HIV infection leads to low levels of CD4+ T cells through a number of mechanisms, including apoptosis of uninfected bystander cells, direct viral killing of infected cells, and killing of infected CD4+ T cells by CD8 cytotoxic lymphocytes that recognize infected cells. When CD4+ T cell numbers decline below a critical level, cell-mediated immunity is lost, and the body becomes progressively more susceptible to opportunistic infections.

Source: Wikipedia


This is my second hike at Manabu Peak and it feels like so exciting this time around because I'm here for a cause, I conquered this peak to share awareness specially those member of LGBT-MSM people to spread out this campaign about the real happening in our society. The rapidly increase of the prevalence rate of HIV victims in our country. So we as a stewards of our society, everyday we should be committed and think in twice of an alternative of what we can do so that we could lessen the rate of this epidemic virus called HIV. 

“Sometimes in life there is that moment when it’s possible to make a change for the better. This is ONE of those moments.”

- Elizabeth Glaser

It was a rainy hike all the way but all of us take it as challenge to conquer Manabu Peak bearing in mind about our goal, to hike and inspire.

Manabu Peak

To all those who want to be tested and be aware about this, I encouraged you guys to visit LoveYourSelf Philippines or check out here http://www.loveyourself.ph/. This NGO is attaining to have a free HIV Philippines now and on the next generations.

Iosif Cade and Roro Bundokero taking HIV 101 to the participants of Hike for HIV.

On behalf of One Hike Mountaineering Club I would like to thank LoveYourSelf Philippines for sharing your burning passion about volunteerism, I salute to you guy with my One Hikers Team (April, Aldrin, Armel, Ian, MG, Razen, Socorro, Joy, Mary, Oscar, Angeli and Carla together with Mabel, Pia, Elgem, Janz, Lei, Cati and Arbhie). And to the persons I mentioned, thank you mamser for your Life-Saving support! May the lord God shower more blessings and be with you always. Thanks God.

"It was a great event. We are able to help at the same time we hikers became more aware about HIV and we could disseminate the informative information to the people around us."

If you guys think that you spark and enlighten then you are ‪#‎Light‬. If you think that you are love and to be loved, then you are ‪#‎Love‬. If you think that you are worthy enough to share love, then you are ‪#‎Worthy‬.


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