12.14.2019

PRESS RELEASE: SafeSpacesPH App by LoveYourself - Because Everybody Needs One

Cebu City
SafeSpacesPH App by LoveYourself

Hello, my friend! I'm sharing this news to help spread the word about this amazing initiative. Check out the details below. 

The SafeSpacesPH, one of the programs of LoveYourself Inc, has officially launched in Metro Cebu last November 29 at the LoveYourself White House in Cebu City. It was attended by the officers of Cebu City Health Office and the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas.

Metro Cebu is comprised of Cebu City and the six surrounding cities (Carcar, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Naga, and Talisay) and six municipalities (Compostela, Consolacion, Cordova, Liloan, Minglanilla, and San Fernando).

SafeSpacesPH App by LoveYourself

SafeSpacesPH is an app by LoveYourself that can be downloaded in Google Playstore and Apple App Store for free. It helps young adults find the nearest establishments offering free condoms and water-based lubricants.

A project in partnership with the DOH, SafeSpacesPH was first launched in the Greater Manila Area. When the White House opened in April 2019, it became the first SafeSpaces partner in this city. Anytime Fitness became the second and newest partner in October 2019. Anyone can now get free condoms and lubes in their four branches.

“We aim to bring two of the three components of the Triangle of Self-Care to everyone. With SafeSpaces, we address safe and satisfying sex, and correct and consistent condom use,” said Robin Avorque, Program Officer for SafeSpaces PH. The Triangle of Self-care is what LoveYourself promotes in the prevention of HIV. It includes timely testing and treatment.


SafeSpacesPH App by LoveYourself

Avorque disclosed that the program's goal in 2020 is to partner with local coffee shops, hostels, and LGBT-friendly businesses.

Jan Estrada, head of LoveYourself Cebu, highlighted the importance of the project to Cebuanos. “There are several reasons why people have no access to condoms and lubricants. We want to somehow bridge that gap. We want to tell our Cebuano young adults that there’s nothing wrong with getting condoms and lubricants. We’re giving it for free to empower them to care for themselves.”

Stats for reference:
Central Visayas has the fourth-highest number of HIV cases in the country. In July 2019 alone, there are 93 new HIV cases diagnosed. Nationwide, there are 35 new cases diagnosed per day.

Philippine HIV Situation (as of July 2019)
• Total reported HIV cases since January 1988 – July 2019 is 69,512
• An average of 35 Filipinos daily is diagnosed with HIV as of July
• 1,111 new HIV cases are confirmed in July alone - 1,048 of that were males, 63
were females
• For January to July, 2019, HIV cases for 25-34 year-olds are 3,782 (highest);
followed by ages 15-24 year-olds at 2,280.
• Geography (all time; top 5): National Capital Region - 38% (26,832); Region 4A
(CALABARZON) - 15% (10,431), Region 3 (Central Luzon) - 9% (6,543), Region
7 (Central Visayas) - 9% (6,153), and Region 11 (Davao Region) - 6% (3,917).

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If you have questions or just want to reach out, please contact:

JEFFREY ROBIN AVORQUE
SafeSpacesPH Program Officer
0927 279 1637
robin.avorque@loveyourself.ph

MAURICE JITTY M. VILLAESTER
LoveYourself Cebu PR and Media Relations Officer
0927 637 1713
mvillaester@loveyourself.ph

RALPH TAMAYO
LoveYourself Cebu Communications Head
0966 995 6628
ralph.tamayo@loveyourself.ph

The LoveYourself, Inc.

LoveYourself is the leading community-led HIV advocacy group in the country. Through the six community centers — (1) LoveYourself Anglo in Mandaluyong, (2) LoveYourself Uni and (3) Victoria by LoveYourself in Pasay, (4) LoveYourself Welcome in Manila, (5) Lily by LoveYourself x DIOSSA, and (6) LoveYourself White House in Cebu — the advocacy group provides HIV education, testing and counseling, and treatment and life coaching to prevent the spread of the epidemic and eradicate the stigma on HIV/AIDS among the youth and key affected populations.

SafeSpacesPH App by LoveYourself


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