Resisting Birth Control, the Philippines Grows Crowded
March 25, 2003
The population of the Philippines -- an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country -- has doubled in the last 50 years, and could possibly double again in even less time. Yet while condom use is not widespread, the nation has an extremely low rate of HIV infection. Out of a population of 80 million, only 1,810 cases of HIV/AIDS have been reported. The UN's HIV estimate is higher but still small at 9,400 cases. Experts are concerned that an explosion in HIV/AIDS rates may come. Local studies reveal that only 23 percent of sexually active young men report using a condom and only 4 percent use them regularly. According to the US Agency for International Development, two-thirds of the Philippine population cannot afford to buy condoms.Adapted from:
New York Times
03.21.03; Seth Mydans
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.