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Dr. Emmanuel Baja, principal developer and investigator of Battle of the Blood. Photo by Robby Joy D. Salveron for Davao Today

New app on HIV to be launched today

DAVAO City — The University of the Philippines Manila National Health Institute will launch a gaming application developed to help spread awareness about getting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Testing and Counseling (HTC).

The application called Battle of the Blood (BTIP) will be launched today in the city.

Principal developer and investigator Dr. Emmanuel Baja said the gaming application would help increase the uptake of HIV testing and treatment in the Philippines.

Baja explained the game aims to influence social norms, knowledge and attitude surrounding HIV/AIDS and to challenge the belief that one can no longer live a long and fulfilling life after HIV positive diagnosis. He said this could help end discrimination against people with HIV, to raise awareness and encourage people to get tested. (


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